Nuclear Technology in Space

NASA, US Navy and Air Force have conducted over 27 space missions utilising radioistope power systems and radioisotope heater units in partnership with the Department of Energy.

Mission Year Agency Regions
Transit 4a 1961 Navy Earth- Navy Navigation Satelitte
Transit 4B 1961 Navy Earth – Navigation Satelitte
Transit 5-BN-1 1963 Navy Earth – Navigation Satelitte
Transit 5-BN-2 1963 Navy Earth – Navigation Satelitte
Nimbus III 1969 NASA Earth – Weather Satelitte
Apollo 11 1969 NASA Moon Surface
Apollo 12 1969 NASA Moon Surface
Apollo 14 1971 NASA Moon Surface
Apollo 15 1971 NASA Moon Surface
Pioneer 10 1971 NASA Jupiter
Apollo 16 1972 NASA Moon Surface
Triad-01-1X 1972 Navy Earth – Navigation Satelitte
Apollo 17 1972 NASA Moon Surface
Pioneer 11 1973 NASA Jupiter, Saturn
Viking 1 1975 NASA Mars Surface
Viking 2 1975 NASA Mars Surface
Lincoln Experimental Satelitte 8 1976 Air Force Earth – Communications Satellite
Lincoln Experimental Satelitte 9 1976 Air Force Earth – Communications Satellite
Voyager 2 1977 NASA Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, Neptune. Interstellar Space
Voyager 1 1977 NASA Jupiter, Saturn, Interstellar Space
Galileo 1989 NASA Venus, Asteroid Belt, Jupiter
Ulysses 1990 NASA Jupiter, Sun, Comets
Pathfinder-Sojourner 1996 NASA Mars Surface
Cassini-Huygens 1997 NASA Venus, Jupiter, Saturn, Titan
Pluto New Horizons 2006 NASA Jupiter, Pluto, Kuiper Belt
Mars Science Laboratory Curiosity 2011 NASA Mars Surface

 

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