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Re: Wired article on Pu-238 production for space missions
« Reply #60 on: 08/27/2015 01:11 PM »
You have to keep pushing - even when you get your way on Capital Hill.  Good news if/when it happens.  It would be nice if all of our deep space missions had Pu238 as an option if they desired.

http://spacenews.com/doe-to-crank-out-new-plutonium-238-in-2019/

Eventually cranking out 1.5 kilos a year.

Hooray Deep Space Science.

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Re: Wired article on Pu-238 production for space missions
« Reply #61 on: 12/09/2017 03:38 PM »
A 2008 JPL briefing on Pu-238 production and requirements. You can look at this and see how far we've progressed. (I may have an original, not scanned, version of this file. If so, I'll swap them out.)

Note: this is a HUGE file.
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Re: Wired article on Pu-238 production for space missions
« Reply #62 on: 12/10/2017 12:42 PM »
There's also some info from April 2016 here:

http://fiso.spiritastro.net/telecon/Wham_4-20-16/


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Re: Wired article on Pu-238 production for space missions
« Reply #63 on: 12/31/2017 05:57 PM »
And what of Kilopower? There was supposed the be a Q4 test, so anyone hear a result? Seems it could make Pu moot.

https://energy.gov/articles/powering-nasa-s-human-reach-red-planet

https://ntrs.nasa.gov/archive/nasa/casi.ntrs.nasa.gov/20170002010.pdf
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Re: Wired article on Pu-238 production for space missions
« Reply #64 on: 12/31/2017 06:24 PM »
I haven't seen this article discussed yet.

https://www.space.com/36217-plutonium-238-nuclear-spacecraft-fuel-production.html

Apparently there is another effort being led by a private company to start an alternative production line to the DOE one that will utilize Canadian reactors. Their goal is to produce 5 kilos per year.
« Last Edit: 12/31/2017 06:25 PM by spacetraveler »

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