AIAA on-demand Webinar - “Nuclear and Future Flight Propulsion: Advanced Concepts in Rocket Propulsion, Nuclear Systems, Advanced Physics, and High-Energy Density Propellants"

6 June - 30 September 2013

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The Nuclear and Future Flight Propulsion Course includes information on many different topics in advanced nuclear space propulsion. A short overview is provided on the wide breadth of advanced propulsion concepts, ranging from advanced chemical propulsion to solar sails, to aerocapture, to fission, fusion, and antimatter. The remaining discussions will focus on vehicle system design, construction, and operation for missions throughout the Solar System. These presentations will include Radioisotope Thermoelectric Generators (RTGs), Nuclear thermal propulsion, nuclear electric propulsion, nuclear spacecraft options and configurations, and a basic overview of future nuclear power and propulsion systems. This course is intended for technical and management personnel who wish to gain an understanding of techniques that can be implemented to minimize premature failure of space systems. It first identifies selected typical space system failures and their causes. Failure analyses includes the Weibull distribution and its failure rate, mean time to failure, hazard function reliability (survival) function, and conditional, reliability function. Mitigation techniques discussed includes burn in and risk management techniques that includes failure identification, fault tree analyses, event tree analyses, failure modes and effects analyses, failure modes and effects analyses, and risk matrices.

Key Topics
  • Overview of advanced propulsion concepts
  • High energy density propellants
  • Nuclear thermal rocket (historical perspectives) 
  • Nuclear thermal rocket (future applications)
  • Nuclear electric propulsion (systems and missions)

Who Should Attend

Those interested in advanced propulsion concepts and nuclear and future flight propulsion should view this webinar.Those interested in risk assessment and management should view this webinar.