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​​​​​​​​​​FUELING, TESTING, AND DELIVERY OF RADIOISOTOPE POWER SYSTEMS


SSPSF.pngMost of the Radioisotope Power Systems (RPS) Program assembly and testing operations take place in the 792A annex, which comprises most of the Space and Security Power Systems Facility (SSPSF). Building 792, adjacent to the 792A annex, is used for administration and operations support functions, including equipment storage. Building 792 is a non-nuclear, nonradiological facility, while the 792A annex is a Hazard Category 2 nonreactor nuclear facility. Building 792 was originally constructed in 1971 and used for storage of various mock-up components. It is approximately 50 ft. x 60 ft. x 25 ft. tall. In 2004, the 792A annex was added.

 

Basic Capabilities:

  • Pre-RPS assembly operations, involving placement of fueled clads into graphite components to form the general-purpose heat source modules

  • RPS assembly operations, involving placement of heat sources into converters

  • RPS acceptance testing

  • RPS servicing and storage


Instruments: ​

  
  
  
  
  
  
Space Nuclear Power and Isotope Technologieshttps://mfctemp.inl.gov/SitePages/Space%20and%20Security%20Power%20Systems%20Facility/Thermal%20Vacuum%20Testing%20Chambers.aspx
  
Space Nuclear Power and Isotope Technologieshttps://mfctemp.inl.gov/SitePages/Space%20and%20Security%20Power%20Systems%20Facility/Truck%20Lock%20with%20Crane.aspx
  
Space Nuclear Power and Isotope Technologieshttps://mfctemp.inl.gov/SitePages/Space%20and%20Security%20Power%20Systems%20Facility/Vibration%20Testing.aspx
  
Space Nuclear Power and Isotope Technologieshttps://mfctemp.inl.gov/SitePages/Space%20and%20Security%20Power%20Systems%20Facility/Mass%20Properties.aspx


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