An Option for High Power in Space PUBLIC ACCESS

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R. V. Boyle, J. C. Riple

The Garret Corporation, Tempe, AZ and Los Angeles, CA

Paper No. 87-GT-262, pp. V003T08A004; 8 pages
  • ASME 1987 International Gas Turbine Conference and Exhibition
  • Volume 3: Coal, Biomass and Alternative Fuels; Combustion and Fuels; Oil and Gas Applications; Cycle Innovations
  • Anaheim, California, USA, May 31–June 4, 1987
  • Conference Sponsors: International Gas Turbine Institute
  • ISBN: 978-0-7918-7925-2
  • Copyright © 1987 by ASME


The stated objective of the Strategic Defense Initiative (SDI) introduces needs for space-based electric power ranging up to hundreds of megawatts (MWe). The SDI Organization is calling for the development of new and innovative concepts to meet these needs.

Options for multi-megawatt and multi-hundred megawatt space power generating systems are presented in this paper. These options are based upon the gas turbine, one of the most mature and time-proven technologies available. Size- and mass-reduction studies utilizing innovative designs and new materials are conducted for the gas turbine. Two significantly different power levels with two thermal sources, nuclear and chemical combustion, are addressed.

Copyright © 1987 by ASME
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