American Society of Civil Engineers

Creating an Infrastructure for Space Exploitation: Space Disposal of High-Level Nuclear Waste

by Jonathan Coopersmith, (Associate Professor, Dept. of History, Texas A&M University, College Station, Texas 77843)
Section: Broadening the Uses of Space and Public Access to Space, pp. 624-630, (doi:

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Document type: Conference Proceeding Paper
Part of: Space 2000
Abstract: This paper proposes creating a new launch infrastructure to dispose of high-level nuclear waste in space. Space disposal will guarantee large payloads for decades, creating a market for launch systems that will provide inexpensive access to space.

ASCE Subject Headings:
Radioactive wastes
Space exploration
Spacecraft launching and landing
Waste disposal