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Flying Reactors: The Political Feasibility of Nuclear Power by USAFR, James R. Downey, Lieutenant Colonel, RAAF, Anthony

By USAFR, James R. Downey, Lieutenant Colonel, RAAF, Anthony M. Forestier, Wing Commander, USAF, David E. Miller, Lieutenant Colonel

One of many demanding situations Gen John P. Jumper, leader of employees of the Air strength, sends to Air strength scholars, researchers, and employees workplaces is to enquire destiny recommendations of operations (CONOPS). One specifically pertains to this research, the CONOPS for house and command, keep an eye on, communications, desktops, intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance. The Air strength is especially delicate approximately incorporating new expertise into its operations. whereas the authors suggest a feasibility research for reactors in area in a CONOPS, additionally they discover a deeper challenge with frequent societal rejection and revulsion in regards to the theoretical employment of nuclear expertise in house. They element first to the challenge allowing benefits of nuclear reactors in space—factors like gentle weight, excessive energy, lengthy existence, and very likely reduce bills. A reactor would offer electrical energy to an area car and maybe supply ionic or electric propulsion. They see that nuclear-powered spacecraft could serve long-range nationwide Aeronautics and house management (NASA) missions in addition to let potent hyperspectral satellites that might have profound merits for the dept of safety. The restricting elements for nuclear energy in house are a compelling undertaking requirement and wide recognition in well known help. the 1st issue is very seen however the moment is pushed through a broad-based worry of hazards within the employment of nuclear expertise. Many have common doubts approximately such an project. a few rivals understand cataclysmic risks. A failure of an area release wearing nuclear platforms might produce anything at the order of a “dirty” nuclear bomb. competitors are rigorous of their protest. issues have been transparent to those researchers. One, nuclear area builders needs to persuade the general public that they're in a position to constructing a secure and strong approach. , as the political conflict is basically over perceived dangers instead of empirically dependent figuring out, employment of a values-focused choice method is critical to persuade the general public and congressional leaders of the feasibility of an area nuclear software. Flying Reactors: The Political Feasibility of Nuclear energy in area used to be written as a part of the Air strength Fellows learn requirement. the varsity of Aerospace Doctrine, study and schooling (CADRE) is happy to post this examine as a CADRE Paper and thereby make it to be had to a much broader viewers in the Air strength and past.

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Deep space science missions have particular launch windows that in most cases only open every few years. Therefore, a legal challenge to an SNP system launch only has to delay the launch past the launch window to disable the program. Programmatics are such that few programs can survive a several year hiatus. The implication is that the program opponents of SNP do not have to work to cancel a program; a well-timed legal challenge near the launch window will disable it, perhaps fatally. 32. Professor Karl Grossman to Wing Cdr Anthony Forestier, E-mail letter, subject: Policy and Nuclear Power in Space, 9 Oct 2003.

Html#top (accessed 26 Mar 2004). 22. Ibid. 23. pdf (accessed 26 Mar 2004). 24. pdf (accessed 8 Mar 2004). 44 DOWNEY, FORESTIER, AND MILLER 25. pdf (accessed 26 Mar 2004). 26. See Appendix C for a complete list of FCPJ members. 27. Friedensen, “Protest Space,” 49. 28. , 44. 29. , 7. 30. Robert A. Dahl and Edward R. : Stanford University Press, 1973), 91. 31. We describe the legal challenge as debilitating because of the implications of program opponents timing it to this effect. Deep space science missions have particular launch windows that in most cases only open every few years.

The strategy then uses objective scientific facts in the context of political judgments of risks and rewards to move policy forward democratically. To implement a values-focused decision strategy for SNP, this chapter first outlines the classic three-dimensional policy components of risk, relativity, and reward pertaining to SNP. Next, the chapter examines these dimensions of the problem using a five-step values-focused decision strategy. This valuesfocused decision strategy has the advantage of maintaining scientific rigor where possible and yet retains the ability to ex48 DOWNEY, FORESTIER, AND MILLER amine the potential effects of science through a political lens where rigor is not possible.

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