[ RadSafe ] Space travel, reactor enrichment

Brennan, Mike (DOH) Mike.Brennan at DOH.WA.GOV
Fri Aug 5 13:24:46 CDT 2011

At the moment, and for the foreseeable future, the cost of getting a
package out of the Earth's gravity well is going to be higher than
something like enriching uranium.  I personally have given a lot of
thought to how one can design a reactor for use on a space ship (I write
science fiction), and it is a non-trivial problem.  It is hard to run a
reactor that doesn't have a permanent "down" to produce density

As for launching an "atomic rocket" from the Earth; I haven't seen
anything that makes me believe anyone has figured out how to get that
much acceleration our of heating reaction mass with a reactor.  But I
acknowledge to not knowing nearly everything.  

I, for one, would not care to have to decon the launch site, however. 

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Sent: Friday, August 05, 2011 10:59 AM
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Subject: [ RadSafe ] Space travel, reactor enrichment

Hey Radsafe,
       Hmmmmm.  Whether one uses sodium  or some other material in the 
primary loop of a reactor
on a space ship, one can use fast neutron fission to possibly avoid
highly enriched
Uranium (or whatever) as a fuel.  Just use the usual 5% or whatever  
reactor grade enrichment in
U235.  Hmmmmm, sounds much less expensive than using 95% enriched
       Guess the mainland Chinese will have a  spaceship, based on all 
this, off the ground soon
(using technology the USA and other countries developed!!!!).
       Have a good  weekend!!!!      Regards,    Joseph R.  (Joe)
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