Space Power Systems - 1st Edition - ISBN: 9780123957009, 9780323143967

Space Power Systems

1st Edition

Editors: Nathan Snyder
eBook ISBN: 9780323143967
Imprint: Academic Press
Published Date: 1st January 1961
Page Count: 650
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Space Power Systems covers systems based on the three primary sources of energy of practical value, namely, solar, nuclear, and chemical sources. This book is organized into four parts encompassing 32 chapters that also explore the requirements for space power. Part A presents the general aspects of solar cell power systems based on the work performed for US space vehicles that are to be placed in orbit. This part specifically considers a graph showing the variation of characteristic parameters of the solar cell battery storage system as a function of flight altitude. Considerable chapters in this part are devoted to the solar cell power plant for the space vehicles ADVENT, RANGER, TIROS, and TRANSIT. The remaining chapters provide a detailed analysis of the physics and engineering of solar panel and solar mirror design. Part B contains a series of papers involving the various aspects of the Atomic Energy Commission SNAP (Systems for Nuclear Auxiliary Power) program. Many details are presented for the 3 kw, liquid metal, turbo-machinery SNAP II power systems covering subjects from the basic concept through vehicle integration and safety aspects. Significant chapters in this part discuss the compact and apparently highly reliable radioisotope thermoelectric generator. Part C highlights the methods of storing and expelling high energy cryogenic fuels, which can provide from two to five times more energy per unit weight than the silver-zinc primary battery. Part D provides an interesting and useful estimation of the many requirements that are likely to become firm for space vehicles. Space vehicle engineers, designers, and researchers will find this book invaluable.

Table of Contents

Power Systems Committee


A. Solar Systems

Solar Cell Power Systems for Space Vehicles

Solar Cell Power System for Advent

Ranger Spacecraft Power System

Power Supply for the Tiros I Meteorological Satellite

Development of the Power Supply for the Transit Satellite

Solar Panel Design Considerations

An Analysis of Mirror Accuracy Requirements for Solar Power Plants

Solar Concentrators for High Temperature Space Power Systems

Solar-Thermionic Electric Power System

Preliminary Design and Performance Evaluation Study of a Solar-Thermoelectric Flat Plate Generator

Solar Concentration Associated with the Stirling Engine

Sunflower Power Conversion System

B. Nuclear Systems

The Snap II Concept

Status of the Snap II Reactor

Snap II Power Conversion Status

Snap II Radiative-Condenser Design

Snap II System and Vehicle Integration

Snap Thermoelectric Systems

Shield Design for Snap Reactors

Evaluation of Snap Safety for Space Reactor Application

The Experimental and Analytical Programs for Re-Entry Burnup of Snap Reactors

The Application of Snap Units in Current Space Vehicles

Problems Associated with the Development of a Thermionic Conversion Reactor

Nuclear Reactor-Thermionic Space Power Systems

Dynamic Versus Direct Conversion

Boiling vs Non-Boiling Liquid Metal Cooled Reactors in Rankine Cycle Space Power Plants

Thirteen-Watt Isotope-Powered Thermoelectric Generators for Space and Lunar Impact Missions

Optimized Snap III Power Generator Design for Spacecraft

Safety Analyses and Tests of a Radioisotope Powered Thermoelectric Generator

C. Chemical Systems

Chemical-Mechanical Space Power Systems

Cryogenic Tankage for Chemical Space Power Systems

D. Power Requirements

Power Requirements of the NASA Space Program

Flight Vehicle Power Forecasts


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