The purpose of this agreement is to delineate the authorities and responsibilities of the Department of Energy (DOE) and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) (the parties) in the research, technology development, design, production, delivery, space vehicle integration, and launch phases with respect to certain radioisotope power systems, including Radioisotope Thermoelectric Generators (RTGs) and Radioisotope Heater Units (RHUs), and to establish an agreement pursuant to which DOE and NASA will perform certain functions and provide funds for certain portions of the unde
The Administration has requested the restart of plutonium‐238 (Pu‐238) production in fiscal year (FY) 2011. The following joint start‐up plan, consistent with the President's request, has been developed collaboratively between the Department of Energy (DOE) and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), and defines the roles and contributions of major users of Pu‐238 in response to Congressional request.
"Even though one cannot anticipate the answers in basic research, the return on the public's investment can be maximized through long-range planning of the most promising avenues to explore and the resources needed to explore them." (p. v) "Pursuit of this goal entails developing new technologies and advanced facilities, educating young scientists, training a technical workforce, and contributing to the broader science and technology enterprise?." (p. vi) Ref:: "Nuclear Science: A Long Range Plan", DOE/NSF, Feb. 1996.