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Flying Nuke on Saturnian Moon Titan

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Yes, I know, the title of this paper sounds like a Sci-Fi pulp novel from the fifties. But what this paper is really about is an interesting project that NASA just selected for launch in 2026.

This brief post describes this mission, and references an earlier post that describes the nuclear power generators used by NASA and potentially suitable for specialized use on Terra Firma.

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Bob Meinetz on Jul 30, 2019 5:05 pm GMT

John, there's a reason it sounds like a sci-fi pulp novel from the fifties. NASA has been using RTGs in satellites, and on terra firma, since 1961.

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Matt Chester on Jul 30, 2019 5:06 pm GMT

This is really neat, thanks for sharing it John. I suppose if nuclear propulsion works in the depeest of seas on Earth then why not on the most remote locations in the Solar System!

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John Benson on Jul 30, 2019 7:05 pm GMT


Both Bob and Matt - thanks for the comments.

if you don't remember reading it, go through the link to my earlier post. There, I explore earlier (space) uses of RTGs, and future (fission) space reactor systems in addition to MMRTGs.


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