A Technical Interchange Meeting (TIM) will be hosted by NASA’s Glenn Research Center in Cleveland, May 8-9, to engage industry regarding future investments and potential plans for radioisotope power systems (RPS) for space power generation.
The focus of the TIM will center on Dynamic Power Convertor (DPC) technology options, which could ultimately result in designs that deliver simple, highly efficient, low mass, long-life systems for deep space exploration missions lasting 10 years or longer. NASA must understand the potential of these DPC capabilities to better inform the development of Dynamic Radioisotope Power Systems (DRPS) for future planetary science mission concepts.
NASA has been investing in DPC technology options that could be utilized in a highly robust and reliable 200 to 500-We DRPS for solar system exploration. This work is being executed in partnership with the Department of Energy (DOE).
The agenda for the meeting includes: an overview of NASA’s plans, briefings on each of the four contracted DPC baseline designs and time for one-on-one discussion with RPS program representatives. The information gathered during this event will help NASA gain insight into current commercial capabilities and experience in designing, building and operating RPS systems, while also identifying sources that may seek to use DRPS when developing future exploration mission concepts.
The TIM event at NASA Glenn is for information gathering purposes only and does not constitute a solicitation for future projects nor future procurement action.
Companies interested in participating should contact Kimberly Hill, firstname.lastname@example.org, no later than 11:59 p.m. EDT on Friday, May 4. Technical questions can be directed to Salvatore Oriti, email@example.com.
Event registration materials and the draft agenda can be found here:
The Radioisotope Power Systems Program (RPSP) under the Planetary Science Division within NASA’s Science Mission Directorate is strategically investing in nuclear power technologies that would maintain NASA’s current space science capabilities and enable future space exploration missions.
For more information on RPSP, visit:
Glenn Research Center, Cleveland