From the history of physics

Nuclear energy for space missions

Frank Neutron Physics Laboratory, Joint Institute of Nuclear Research, Dubna, Moscow Region, Russian Federation

A brief review is given of the 1952-1988 research at the A I Leipunsky Institute of Physics and Power Engineering (Obninsk) on the use of nuclear fission chain reactions in developing space vehicles and their on-board power systems. The research was carried out on the initiative of the USSR Academy of Sciences Corresponding Member D I Blokhintsev, Head of the Institute, and enlisted the active support of Academician S P Korolev.

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PACS: 01.65.+g, 28.50.−k (all)
DOI: 10.1070/PU2007v050n11ABEH006417
Citation: Stavissky Yu Ya "Nuclear energy for space missions" Phys. Usp. 50 1179–1187 (2007)
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:    « » 177 1241–1249 (2007); DOI: 10.3367/UFNr.0177.200711f.1241

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