ANS Nuclear and Emerging Technologies for Space (NETS 2013) Topical Meeting

The 2013 ANS Topical Meeting on Nuclear and Emerging Technologies for Space (NETS 2013) will be held February 25–28, 2013, at the Albuquerque Marriott in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

NETS serves as a major communications network and forum for professionals and students working in the area of space nuclear technology. The NETS meeting facilitates the exchange of information among research and management personnel from international government, industry, academia, and the national laboratory systems.

NETS 2013 will address topics ranging from overviews of current space programs to methods of meeting the challenges of future space endeavors, with a focus on nuclear technologies and applications.  See the NETS program page for meeting tracks and topics.

NETS 2013 is hosted by the Aerospace Nuclear Science and Technology Division (ANSTD) of the American Nuclear Society with co-sponsors Aerojet and the ANS Trinity Local Section.

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5 Responses to ANS Nuclear and Emerging Technologies for Space (NETS 2013) Topical Meeting

  1. James Greenidge

    As a lunchtime sideline at least, I hope a student or professional brings up, even as a trivia retrospective, the concept and consequences of the U.N.’s Nuclear Test Ban Treaty for Outer Space denying us the ultra-heavy payload/high-speed propulsion of the original Orion nuclear pulse system which had the capacity of transporting the components of a small Mars base at one haul within a few months flight, and a manned round-trip well under a year. The issue of China adopting that technically simple but highly efficient and rugged system to leapfrog the U.S. in outer planet manned exploration should be fielded. Another issue is NASA and ESA getting ahead of the PR game of getting the public used to the idea of nuclear reactors/propulsion systems in space.

    James Greenidge
    Queens NY

  2. I understand the nostalgia for Project Orion. But there are other more pressing uses of in-space impulse detonation tests to prevent a ‘K2′ like event on earth of a Near Earth Object (NEO) collision. I would think an Int’l effort would prompt an amended Outer Space Treaty and Limited Test Ban (LTBT) to include & permit remote Lagrangian Point testing with computer modeling.
    I would think serious consideration would at least prompt nations to fund proposals since even a 1/4 sized ‘K2′ event on Earth would create too much devastation and chaos to our human population. Other so called methods to prevent collision are in the realm of Sci-Fi.
    A well placed grid of nodes around the earth’s high orbits GEO, polar orbit etc. could at least protect and avoid a chaotic collision event.

    Nuclear detonation PNE’s are also a tool for constructive purposes.

  3. James Greenidge

    It’s not so much “nostalgia” as still being a viable concept which is elegant in its simplicity and ruggedness and swift high payload capability. A rudimentary Orion vessel could’ve been constructed twenty years ago as Carl Sagan often mentions in his books and Cosmos to “best dispose” of excess nuclear warheads, plus an Orion craft would be highly useful in dealing with asteroid perils as well — indeed, even used to steer one! Anyway, outside of a rogue comet, they’ve pretty much pinned down even half K2-level asteroids to worry about, which seems outside of 150 years, so I kind of doubt there’d be much incentive to deal with such in the immediate future when a true Orion “space freighter” can serve us for lunar and asteroid mining and planetary base construction within our lifetimes were the UN treaty amended, but then China and India might not even heed that.

    James W Greenidge
    Queens NY

  4. @James Greenidge;
    Glad you’re reassured any object has received a though vetting (outside of 150 years). But reality is astronomers still have trouble with nailing down an accurate description of our solar system with new discoveries every 5 years not to mention what really is the composition of interstellar space between our sun star solar system and Proxima-Alpha-Beta Centauri and its make up.
    So enjoy the generational self-assurance never thinking what future generations NEO collision panic could be in store for them.
    Sorry, the best selling point for in-space PNE’s use in treaty amendment is ‘K2′ type NEO mitigation not Project Orion.

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