Nuclear and Emerging Technologies for Space 2013: Call for Papers

August 21, 2012, 6:00AMANS Nuclear Cafe

February 25-28, 2013 • Albuquerque Marriott, N.M.

Abstract Submissions Due: September 4, 2012

On February 25-28, 2013, the Aerospace Nuclear Science and Technology Division of the American Nuclear Society will hold the 2013 Nuclear and Emerging Technologies for Space (NETS 2013) topical meeting in Albuquerque, N.M. This conference represents the second stand-alone topical meeting in Albuquerque since the previous Space Technologies and Applications International Forum, and follows a successful meeting in 2012 held in conjunction with the 43rd Lunar Planetary Science Conference.

Topic areas

NASA is currently developing capabilities for robotic and crewed missions to the Moon, Mars, and beyond. Strategies that implement advanced power and propulsion technologies, as well as radiation protection, will be important in accomplishing these missions. NETS serves as a major communications network and forum for professionals and students working in the area of space nuclear technology. Every year NETS facilitates the exchange of information among research and management personnel from international government, industry, academia, and the national laboratory systems. To this end, the NETS 2013 meeting will address topics ranging from overviews of current programs to methods of meeting the challenges of future space endeavors.


Track 1: Current Space Architectures and Missions

Space Science and Exploration Missions

Industrial Programs

Defense Architectures

Spacecraft Concepts and Design

Lunar and Planetary Surface Concepts

Mission Analysis and Validation Missions

Space Policy and Procedures

Track 2: Present Enabling Capabilities

Plutonium-238 Production

Radioisotope Power Systems

Power Conversion Systems and Components

Supporting Technologies (including Heat Rejection and Power

Management & Distribution)

Space Radiation Environment and Protection

Impact on Human Operations 

Track 3: Near-Term Nuclear Technologies

Reactor and Shield Design

Reactor Simulation

Fuels Development

Materials and Radiation Testing

Alternative Radioisotopic Systems and Applications

Systems Integration

Tools and Modeling

Testing and Validation 

Track 4: Augmenting Nuclear Capabilities

Advanced Reactor Concepts

Advanced Fuels and Materials

Hybrid Nuclear Systems

Enhanced Computational Methods

Improved Radioisotopic Power System Design

Nuclear Enabled In-Situ Resource Utilization 

Track 5: Innovative and Advanced Technologies

Low Alpha Multi-Megawatt Power Systems

Fusion Systems

Non-Traditional Methods

Novel Mission Design


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