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Single Cell Carbide Fueled Thermionic Fuel Element

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Department of Defense
Missile Defense Agency
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1992 / SBIR
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Small Business Information
Applied Sciences, Inc.
141 W. Xenia Ave. PO Box 579 Cedarville, OH 45314-
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
Phase 1
Fiscal Year: 1992
Title: Single Cell Carbide Fueled Thermionic Fuel Element
Agency / Branch: DOD / MDA
Contract: N/A
Award Amount: $74,366.00


If you can't beat them, join them. Such is the philosophy of Space Exploration Associates, who hired the top talent in Russian and the new Republic of Georgia to develop advanced thermionic converters for SDIO. Unlike other highly publicized exchanged with the Russians, this work will be done in the US and no hardware will cross international lines. The metallurgical wizards from the East have concocted new refractory metal alloys which promise extended operation at high temperatures. These can be combined with exotic nuclear fuel materials based on uranium carbide, resulting in higher power and more compactness. Space Exploration Associates does not plan on building nuclear reactors in the Ohio cornfields anytime soon; therefore, they will be working with US contractors such as Rockwell, General Atomics, Babcock & Wilcox and Space Power Inc., to ensure that they have full access to the technology. The Republic of Georgia's Arnold Kalandarashvili, generally regarded as the world top expert in cesium supplies for thermionic converters, will join the Space Exploration Associates staff in July to help out.

Principal Investigator:

Elliot B. Kennel

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Space Exploration Assoc.
141 West Zenia Ave., Po Box 579 Cedarville, OH 45314

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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No