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The Aerospace Nuclear Science & Technology Division (ANSTD) was founded in 2008, evolving from a technical group that was established in 2000. ANSTD was created to play an important role in the nuclear community by promoting the advancement of knowledge in the use of nuclear science and technologies in aerospace applications. Since its creation, ANSTD has grown to become a large division of more than 500 members (about 5% of all American Nuclear Society members).

 

ANS Public Policy Statement on Space Technology

 

The Aerospace Nuclear Science & Technology professional division was established to promote the advancement of knowledge in the use of nuclear science and technologies in the aerospace application.

Specialized nuclear-based technologies and applications are needed to advance the state-of-the-art in aerospace design, engineering and operations to explore planetary bodies in our solar system and beyond, plus enhance the safety of air travel, especially high speed air travel.

Areas of interest will include but are not limited to the creation of nuclear-based power and propulsion systems, multifunctional materials to protect humans and electronic components from atmospheric, space, and nuclear power system radiation, human factor strategies for the safety and reliable operation of nuclear power and propulsion plants by non-specialized personnel and more.

ANSTD Strategic Plan

Recent Articles


Introduction to Space Radiation

Written by: Megan Wetegrove The existence of space radiation plays an important part in planning space missions within low Earth orbit (LEO) and beyond. Space radiation has the potential to negatively impact several aspects of space missions, whether manned or unmanned, within in LEO or farther into space. Radiation can be detrimental to the health of astronauts, increasing the risk of cancer and genetic mutations, and to electronic equipment functionality, decreasing the lifetime of important electronic equipment and/or resulting in total electronic failure. As a result, protection against space radiation is vital to the success of any space mission, especially missions outside of Earth’s magnetosphere. Beyond the magnetosphere, less protection from space radiation is afforded to astronauts and electronic equipment. In order to achieve mission success, become familiar with the three space radiation sources, and determine the extent that space radiation will affect the mission. The three types of space radiation include Trapped charged particles along the field lines of a planet’s magnetic field (radiation belts) Particles from the Sun’s heliosphere released during solar particle events (SPE) Galactic cosmic radiation (GCR) from outside of the solar system In this series of posts on natural space radiation, each type of space radiation will be examined. Once each type has been discussed, a series of articles on how to protect astronauts and electronic equipment from space radiation will follow. Megan WetegroveMore... read more

2014 ANSTD Election Results

The results of the 2014 Election for Officers and Committee Members is available now. The six new elected positions are described below. John Darrell Bess, Chair Michael G. Houts Executive Committee Jeffrey C. King, Treasurer Christopher G. Morrison Executive Committee John Bess works on R&D in nuclear engineering at the Idaho National Laboratory, Idaho Falls, ID. William Saylor is involved in aerospace systems and energy consulting in in Bennett, CO. Laura Sudderth is a student researcher working on fuel cycle and materials at Texas A&M University, College Station, TX. Jeffery King is an assistant professor and interim program director in the nuclear science and engineering program at the Colorado School of Mines in Golden, CO. Chris MorrisonChris is a space enthusiast who graduated from Embry Riddle Aeronautical University with a B.S. in Aerospace Engineering and Computer Science in 2012. During his senior year of undergrad he realized that nuclear power was a key technology for space and is now in his fourth year of pursuing his Ph.D. in Nuclear Engineering at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. His initial research focused on nuclear system design for small modular reactors, but narrowed into reactor design using composite nuclear fuels form and reactor design. His dissertation is focused on developing safety features in matrix composite fuels, specifically into engineering prompt transient thermal feedback by changing the geometry and materials of the composite nuclear fuel forms. Chris is also training for his senior reactor operator license. He works on an educational startup Learn-Blitz.com on weekends and and hopes to eventually become a nuclear technology entrepreneur.More Posts -... read more

Pictures from the ANS Winter Conference

The ANSTD executive board held a meeting at the ANS Winter Conference. The pictures from the meeting are posted in the following article. #gallery-2 { margin: auto; } #gallery-2 .gallery-item { float: left; margin-top: 10px; text-align: center; width: 33%; } #gallery-2 img { border: 2px solid #cfcfcf; } #gallery-2 .gallery-caption { margin-left: 0; } /* see gallery_shortcode() in wp-includes/media.php */ Executive Board Meeting of the ANSTD at the Winter Conference <a href='http://anstd.ans traitement viagra.org/2014/03/17/pictures-from-the-ans-winter-conference/ans-087-anstd-rpd-joint-session-02/’> ANSTD/RPD Technical session, Thursday Nov. 14, 2013. Chris MorrisonChris is a space enthusiast who graduated from Embry Riddle Aeronautical University with a B.S. in Aerospace Engineering and Computer Science in 2012. During his senior year of undergrad he realized that nuclear power was a key technology for space and is now in his fourth year of pursuing his Ph.D. in Nuclear Engineering at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. His initial research focused on nuclear system design for small modular reactors, but narrowed into reactor design using composite nuclear fuels form and reactor design. His dissertation is focused on developing safety features in matrix composite fuels, specifically into engineering prompt transient thermal feedback by changing the geometry and materials of the composite nuclear fuel forms. Chris is also training for his senior reactor operator license. He works on an educational startup Learn-Blitz.com on weekends and and hopes to eventually become a nuclear technology entrepreneur.More Posts -... read more

Student Letters of Appreciation from the 2013 ANS Winter Meeting

Five ANSTD students, Peter Ryan van den Berg, Alexis Kaplan, Sarah Sarnoski, Louis Ocampo Girado, and Brycen Wendt, attended the ANS Winter Meeting in DC. The ANSTD helped them with their travels to the conference enabling them to present their research without needing to worry about financial issues. The thank you letters are below. Peter van den Berg Brycen Wendt <a href="http://anstd.ans achat viagra pharmacie en ligne.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/02/AlexisKaplan.jpg”>Alexis Kaplan Sarah Sarnoski and Louis Ocampo-Giraido Chris MorrisonChris is a space enthusiast who graduated from Embry Riddle Aeronautical University with a B.S. in Aerospace Engineering and Computer Science in 2012. During his senior year of undergrad he realized that nuclear power was a key technology for space and is now in his fourth year of pursuing his Ph.D. in Nuclear Engineering at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. His initial research focused on nuclear system design for small modular reactors, but narrowed into reactor design using composite nuclear fuels form and reactor design. His dissertation is focused on developing safety features in matrix composite fuels, specifically into engineering prompt transient thermal feedback by changing the geometry and materials of the composite nuclear fuel forms. Chris is also training for his senior reactor operator license. He works on an educational startup Learn-Blitz.com on weekends and and hopes to eventually become a nuclear technology entrepreneur.More Posts -... read more

Looking for Writers

We are looking for writers for the ANSTD website. We have openings for blog writers, forum moderators, and wiki writers. If you have a background in nuclear and or space technology please send us a message using the Contact Us Page. Chris MorrisonChris is a space enthusiast who graduated from Embry Riddle Aeronautical University with a B.S. in Aerospace Engineering and Computer Science in 2012. During his senior year of undergrad he realized that nuclear power was a key technology for space and is now in his fourth year of pursuing his Ph.D. in Nuclear Engineering at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. His initial research focused on nuclear system design for small modular reactors, but narrowed into reactor design using composite nuclear fuels form and reactor design. His dissertation is focused on developing safety features in matrix composite fuels, specifically into engineering prompt transient thermal feedback by changing the geometry and materials of the composite nuclear fuel forms. Chris is also training for his senior reactor operator license. He works on an educational startup Learn-Blitz.com on weekends and and hopes to eventually become a nuclear technology entrepreneur.More Posts -... read more

Paper Call 2014 NETS Conference – Due by January 15th

The annual topical meeting of the ANSTD is occuring on February 24 – 26, 2014. Technical Abstracts are due by January 15th. To submit an abstract go to <a href="http://anstd combien coute le viagra au quebec.ans.org/NETS2014/AboutNETS2014.html”>the NETS 2014 website. Chris MorrisonChris is a space enthusiast who graduated from Embry Riddle Aeronautical University with a B.S. in Aerospace Engineering and Computer Science in 2012. During his senior year of undergrad he realized that nuclear power was a key technology for space and is now in his fourth year of pursuing his Ph.D. in Nuclear Engineering at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. His initial research focused on nuclear system design for small modular reactors, but narrowed into reactor design using composite nuclear fuels form and reactor design. His dissertation is focused on developing safety features in matrix composite fuels, specifically into engineering prompt transient thermal feedback by changing the geometry and materials of the composite nuclear fuel forms. Chris is also training for his senior reactor operator license. He works on an educational startup Learn-Blitz.com on weekends and and hopes to eventually become a nuclear technology entrepreneur.More Posts -... read more

2014 American Nuclear Society Summer Meeting

The 2014 American Nuclear Society Summer meeting is in Reno Nevada June 15 – 19 2014. The ANSTD will hold a meeting in conjunction. Technical abstracts are due by January 10, 2014. ANS Winter Meeting Information Chris MorrisonChris is a space enthusiast who graduated from Embry Riddle Aeronautical University with a B.S. in Aerospace Engineering and Computer Science in 2012. During his senior year of undergrad he realized that nuclear power was a key technology for space and is now in his fourth year of pursuing his Ph.D. in Nuclear Engineering at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. His initial research focused on nuclear system design for small modular reactors, but narrowed into reactor design using composite nuclear fuels form and reactor design. His dissertation is focused on developing safety features in matrix composite fuels, specifically into engineering prompt transient thermal feedback by changing the geometry and materials of the composite nuclear fuel forms. Chris is also training for his senior reactor operator license. He works on an educational startup Learn-Blitz.com on weekends and and hopes to eventually become a nuclear technology entrepreneur.More Posts -... read more

2014 Nuclear and Emerging Technology for Space Topical Meeting

The next ANSTD Topical Meeting is February 24 – 26, 2014 at the Infinity Science Center, a NASA visitor Center in Mississippi. The paper call is open until January 15th. More information is available at the conference website. <a href="http://anstd.ans acheter viagra pharmacie.org/NETS2014/AboutNETS2014.html”>2014 NETS Conference Website Chris MorrisonChris is a space enthusiast who graduated from Embry Riddle Aeronautical University with a B.S. in Aerospace Engineering and Computer Science in 2012. During his senior year of undergrad he realized that nuclear power was a key technology for space and is now in his fourth year of pursuing his Ph.D. in Nuclear Engineering at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. His initial research focused on nuclear system design for small modular reactors, but narrowed into reactor design using composite nuclear fuels form and reactor design. His dissertation is focused on developing safety features in matrix composite fuels, specifically into engineering prompt transient thermal feedback by changing the geometry and materials of the composite nuclear fuel forms. Chris is also training for his senior reactor operator license. He works on an educational startup Learn-Blitz.com on weekends and and hopes to eventually become a nuclear technology entrepreneur.More Posts -... read more

New Site Under Construction

A new ANSTD website is under construction and will be completed by the middle of January. Chris MorrisonChris is a space enthusiast who graduated from Embry Riddle Aeronautical University with a B.S. in Aerospace Engineering and Computer Science in 2012. During his senior year of undergrad he realized that nuclear power was a key technology for space and is now in his fourth year of pursuing his Ph.D. in Nuclear Engineering at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. His initial research focused on nuclear system design for small modular reactors, but narrowed into reactor design using composite nuclear fuels form and reactor design. His dissertation is focused on developing safety features in matrix composite fuels, specifically into engineering prompt transient thermal feedback by changing the geometry and materials of the composite nuclear fuel forms. Chris is also training for his senior reactor operator license. He works on an educational startup Learn-Blitz.com on weekends and and hopes to eventually become a nuclear technology entrepreneur.More Posts -... read more