technical PAPERS

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Overview of KRUSTY and Kilopower reactors, and the benefits they could provide.

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Description of the KRUSTY reactor design, including the why and how it led to a successful test.

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Description of the KRUSTY heat pipes, Stirling engines, and heat removal. 

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Summary of the safety and regulatory basis for KRUSTY.

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Description of the generic cold criticality tests involving Kilopower materials.

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Description of the cold criticality tests of the actual KRUSTY configuration.

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Description of the nuclear-powered criticality experiments that characterized reactor physics and heat transfer.

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Description of the integrated nuclear power system test, and how it relates to a potential flight system.

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An in-depth look at the benefits of Kilopower reactors for deep space science missions.

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A JPL white paper proposing Kilopower for Nuclear Electric Propulsion; supported by >60 prominent space scientists and engineers.

SpaceNukes White Paper - The Persistent and Growing Gap Between “Real” and “Paper” Special-Purpose Reactors

SpaceNukes White Paper - Technical Advantages of HEU vs LEU for Special Purpose Reactors