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ELECTRIC FISSION REACTOR FOR SPACE APPLICATIONS

United States Patent Application

20160012924
A1
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Embodiments of the present invention pertain to a power system utilizing a uranium-based reactor for space missions. For example, the power system may include a reactor configured to generate thermal energy using a uranium core. A plurality of heat pipes may be configured to transfer thermal energy from the reactor core to a plurality of Stirling engines to generate electricity for a spacecraft.
McClure, Patrick Ray (Los Alamos, NM), Dixon, David Duff (Elder, SD), Poston, David Irvin (Los Alamos, NM), Mason, Lee (North Royalton, OH), Gibson, Marc (Medina, OH)
LOS ALAMOS NATIONAL SECURITY, LLC (Los Alamos NM)
14/ 770,894
March 26, 2014
STATEMENT OF FEDERAL RIGHTS [0002] The United States government has rights in this invention pursuant to Contract No. DE-AC52-06NA25396 between the United States Department of Energy and Los Alamos National Security, LLC for the operation of Los Alamos National Laboratory.