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03/04/1965 First nuclear power system in space

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SNAP-10A: First Nuclear Reactor In Space 1965 Atomic Energy Commission (AEC)

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SNAP-10A - Video Learning - WizScience.com

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SNAP-10A :- Systems Nuclear Auxiliary Power Program

The United States launched experimental satellite SNAP-10A. It was powered by a small fission reactor. It stopped working after just 43 days due to an electrical component failure. Nuclear power in space offers many advantages. It's independently of sunlight and has lower weight-to-capacity ratio than solar cells.
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    • Development 

    • Construction 

    • SNAPSHOT mission 

    • Safety 

    • Related work and follow-on programs