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Author Bennett, G.L. ♦ Skrabek, E.A.
Source IEEE Xplore Digital Library
Content type Text
Publisher Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, Inc. (IEEE)
File Format PDF
Copyright Year ©1996
Language English
Subject Domain (in DDC) Natural sciences & mathematics ♦ Physics ♦ Electricity & electronics ♦ Technology ♦ Engineering & allied operations ♦ Applied physics
Subject Keyword Radioactive materials ♦ Thermoelectricity ♦ Space technology ♦ Artificial satellites ♦ Space vehicles ♦ Nuclear power generation ♦ Power generation ♦ Power system reliability ♦ Inductors ♦ Germanium silicon alloys
Abstract Since 1961, the United States has flown 41 radioisotope thermoelectric generators (RTGs) and one reactor to provide power for 25 space power systems. Thirty-eight of these nuclear power sources on 22 space systems are still in space or on other planetary bodies. This paper summarizes the design and power performance of each of the basic RTG types that have been flown which have been based on telluride and silicon-germanium thermoelectric elements. To date, US radioisotope thermoelectric generators have successfully operated for over 24 years in space. These RTGs have met or exceeded their prelaunch requirements and in so doing they have greatly expanded humanity's knowledge of the universe.
Description Author affiliation: Metaspace Enterprises, Emmett, ID, USA (Bennett, G.L.)
ISBN 0780332210
Educational Role Student ♦ Teacher
Age Range above 22 year
Educational Use Research ♦ Reading
Education Level UG and PG
Learning Resource Type Article
Publisher Date 1996-03-26
Publisher Place USA
Rights Holder Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, Inc. (IEEE)
Size (in Bytes) 1.30 MB
Page Count 16
Starting Page 357
Ending Page 372

Source: IEEE Xplore Digital Library