Nuclear space propulsion (virtual)
The US, Russia and China have ongoing projects for the development of space nuclear propulsion systems. Two of these projects target in space demonstration by 2030, one concerns a nuclear thermal propulsion engine, the other a space tug with nuclear electric propulsion.
What is the interest of nuclear thermal propulsion? of nuclear electric propulsion? For which applications / space missions ? How does it work ? How is it designed? What is the state of the art? What are the main technological challenges? What are the prospects? What about the safety? Those are the questions our speaker will address.
- 18:30 - 19:15
- 19:15 - 19:45
Eric ProustCEA, France
Graduated in Electrical Engineering and in Nuclear Engineering, Eric Proust joined CEA, the French Atomic Energy Commission, in 1983 as a design engineer within the Nuclear Reactors Division. He first contributed to projects related, among others, to space nuclear power and propulsion systems, “special-purpose” reactors, and nuclear fusion reactors. After having been called to the Cabinet of the Minister for Energy as technical advisor for nuclear and international affairs, he alternated R&D positions combining scientific and managerial responsibilities within CEA’s Nuclear Energy Division (he headed its Systems and Structures Modelling Department), and positions with functional responsibilities (he was CEA’s executive deputy director for international relations, and associate director in charge of nuclear industrial relations). Today, his responsibilities at CEA’s Energies Division include the coordination of its Network of experts, of its doctoral and postdoctoral programs and of its nuclear education activities.
He chairs the European Nuclear Society High Scientific Council, the Fission Working Group of the Euratom Scientific and Technical Committee, and the French Bureau of Nuclear Equipment’s Standards. The interest he developed early in his career in space nuclear systems has never waned over the years and his teaching and consulting activities have led him to speak regularly on the subject to various audiences. Thus, he was at the initiative of the position paper on Nuclear Energy for Space Exploration the ENS High Scientific Council released last September.
- Nuclear Science Contest 2023
- Nov 21, 2023
- 5:00 pm - 8:30 pm