TOPAZ II Qualification and Nuclear Testing Program

by G. L. Schmidt, New Mexico Engineering Research Inst, Albuquerque, United States,
F. Thome, New Mexico Engineering Research Inst, Albuquerque, United States,
B. Ogloblin, New Mexico Engineering Research Inst, Albuquerque, United States,
E. Glushkov, New Mexico Engineering Research Inst, Albuquerque, United States,



Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Engineering, Construction, and Operations in Space IV

Abstract:

This paper presents an overview of the Topaz II qualification and nuclear test program. The program combines the joint efforts and resources of Russian and American specialists and organizations to assure that sufficient information would be provided to fulfill American qualification and nuclear testing requirements for space nuclear power systems. The test program acknowledges and uses valid and verifiable test results obtained from the Russian Topaz II program to supplement that obtained from the American system test program. Subcritical and zero power critical data will be obtained during fuel loading of a Topaz II flight system by Americans and will provide information to support safety assessments of missions using space reactor power systems.



Subject Headings: Energy infrastructure | Electric power | Organizations | Space colonies | Verification | Energy consumption | Critical loads | Load tests | Russia | United States

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