1965-02-01

SNAP 10A, First Reactor in Space 650793

The first nuclear reactor space power system, SNAP 10A, was successfully flight tested in April 1965. This paper includes a description of the reactor-thermoelectric system and the development program that preceded the flight. Special emphasis is given to the endurance test experience gained from the nuclear ground test system. The flight test is described in detail and the knowledge gained from the test is given.

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