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Author Downey, James R

Title Flying reactors : the political feasibility of nuclear power in space / James R. Downey, Anthony M. Forestier, David E. Miller
Published Maxwell Air Force Base, Ala. : Air University Press, [2005]
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Description 1 online resource (xi, 110 pages)
Series CADRE paper, 1537-3371 ; no. 22
CADRE paper ; 22
Contents 1. Wither space nuclear power? -- 2. Space nuclear power as trans-scientific public policy -- 3. Political permission, the contemporary dimensions -- 4. A trans-scientific political engagement strategy -- 5. Conclusions
Summary Lt Col Downey, USAFR; Wing Cdr Forestier, RAAF; and Lt Col David E. Miller, USAF, advocate a feasibility study for reactors in space and explore a deeper problem with widespread societal rejection concerning the theoretical employment of nuclear technology in space. They point first to the mission enabling advantages of nuclear reactors in space--factors like light weight, high power, long life, and potentially lower costs. They see that nuclear-powered spacecraft would serve long-range NASA missions as well as permit effective hyperspectral satellites that would have profound benefits for the Department of Defense. The limiting factors for nuclear power in space are a compelling mission requirement and broad acceptance in popular support. Many opponents either have general doubts about such an undertaking or perceive cataclysmic dangers. A failure of a space launch carrying nuclear systems would produce something on the order of a ₃dirty₄ nuclear bomb. Two things were clear to the authors. One, nuclear space developers must convince the public that they are capable of developing a safe and robust system. Two, because the political battle is primarily over perceived risks rather than empirically based understanding, employment of a values-focused decision strategy is necessary to convince the public and congressional leaders of the feasibility of a space nuclear program
Notes "April 2005."
At head of title: College of Aerospace Doctrine, Research and Education, Air University
Title from title screen (viewed March 18, 2009)
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 107-110)
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Subject Nuclear energy -- Government policy
Nuclear energy -- Public opinion
Project SNAP
Space vehicles -- Auxiliary power supply
Space vehicles -- Nuclear power plants
Nuclear energy -- Government policy.
Nuclear energy -- Public opinion.
Project SNAP.
Space vehicles -- Auxiliary power supply.
Space vehicles -- Nuclear power plants.
Form Electronic book
Author Forestier, Anthony M
Miller, David E., 1960-
Air University (U.S.). College of Aerospace Doctrine, Research, and Education
Air University (U.S.). Press
ISBN 1585661384
9781585661381
Other Titles Political feasibility of nuclear power in space