Monotube Javelin

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Re: Monotube Javelin

Post by TahoeSteam » Wed Oct 20, 2021 3:12 am

Are SNAP generators about the size of a coke can?
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Re: Monotube Javelin

Post by fredrosse » Thu Oct 21, 2021 1:43 am

SNAP = Systems for Nuclear Auxiliary Power
there is a good summary from Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Sizes ranged from about 2.5 watts to several kilowatts, with weights (and size) ranging from a few pounds to thousands of pounds, however the safety issues eventually led to development of solar electric generation, and Hydrogen/Oxygen fuel cells for space based electric generation
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Re: Monotube Javelin

Post by TahoeSteam » Thu Oct 21, 2021 8:03 am

I ask because my uncle told stories of small nuclear power cells the size of a coke can that him and some of his coworkers would sometimes hold in their pockets to warm their hands... He was an electrical engineer for Sandia working on defense projects like the NKC-135 aerial laser laboratory, amongst other things...
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