Nuclear Auxiliary Power Unit for Lunar Exploration 620486

A radioisotope-fueled thermoelectric generator is ideally suited to the nighttime power requirements of unmanned soft lunar landing experiments. A generator design capable of producing 25 w of electric power as well as sufficient thermal energy for environmental control of critical electronic components is described. Sufficient curium-242 may be encapsulated to provide an operational life of 90-120 days in a unit weighing 30 lb. This unit will extend the data gathering capability of the experiment with a significant weight advantage over conventional power supplies.


Subscribers can view annotate, and download all of SAE's content. Learn More »


Members save up to 18% off list price.
Login to see discount.
Special Offer: Download multiple Technical Papers each year? TechSelect is a cost-effective subscription option to select and download 12-100 full-text Technical Papers per year. Find more information here.