United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs

Joint United Nations/ IAEA Technical Workshop on the Objectives, Scope and General Attributes of a Potential Technical Safety Standard for Nuclear Power Sources in Outer Space

20-22 February 2006

The technical workshop on the objectives, scope and general attributes of a potential technical safety standard for nuclear power sources in outer space is organized jointly by the Scientific and Technical Subcommittee of the Committee on the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space and the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) in accordance with paragraph 16 of General Assembly resolution 60/99 of 8 December 2005.

Over the past years, formal and informal discussions within the Working Group on the Use of Nuclear Power Sources in Outer Space of the Subcommittee, and between the Working Group and representatives of IAEA, have led to the conclusion that further work on any of the potential options for cooperating with IAEA in developing technical safety standards for nuclear power sources in outer space (NPS) would be assisted significantly by holding a joint workshop. The joint workshop would facilitate an exchange of views between the Working Group and IAEA on the objective, scope and general attributes of a potential safety framework for NPS. Such an exchange would improve mutual understanding of the respective roles and methods of working of IAEA and the Committee and assist in examining the main issues that would arise in carrying out such a joint exercise successfully.

The main objectives of the Workshop are: a) to enhance the proposed outline of objectives, scope and attributes for an international technically based framework of goals and recommendations for the safety of planned and currently foreseeable NPS applications in outer space; and b) to enhance the definition of potential implementation options for establishing an international technically based framework of goals and recommendations for the safety of planned and currently foreseeable NPS applications in outer space.

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Available online resources

 

 

Selected documents of the Committee and the Scientific and Technical Subcommittee dealing with the matters relating to the use of nuclear power sources in outer space

Below is an index of online session documents for the workshop. Distribution of these documents is limited to Permanent Missions of the United Nations and meeting participants. If a document is not listed, it is not available in electronic format.

Note: If a document is unavailable online, please send an email to oosa@unvienna.org including your name, organization, address and the symbol and title of the required document for a hardcopy version.

The hypertext links indicate the format of the document (PDF or MSWORD) and the language version, where:

A - Arabic; C - Chinese; E - English; F- French; R - Russian; S - Spanish

Click on the appropriate link to download the required language and format. n/a denotes that the document is not available in that particular language.

Document Symbol Year Title Available Languages
Arabic Chinese English French Russian Spanish
Series: A/AC.105/C.1/2006/NPS/WP.***
A /AC.105/C.1/2006/NPS/WP.9
2006 Overview of NPS Working Group Report "A review of international documents and national processes potentially relevant to the peaceful uses of nuclear power sources in outer space" (A/AC.105/781)
Working paper submitted by the United States of America on behalf of the Working Group on the Use of Nuclear Power Sources in Outer Space
PDF-A PDF-C PDF-E PDF-F PDF-R PDF-S
A /AC.105/C.1/2006/NPS/WP.8
2006 Overview of NPS Working Group Document A/AC.105/L.253/Rev.2 "Outline of objectives, scope and attributes for an international technically based framework of goals and recommendations for the safety of planned and currently foreseeable nuclear power source applications in outer space"
Working paper submitted by the United States of America on behalf of the Working Group on the Use of Nuclear Power Sources in Outer Space
PDF-A PDF-C PDF-E PDF-F PDF-R PDF-S
A /AC.105/C.1/2006/NPS/WP.7
2006 Overview of implementation plan options 1 and 3, including sub-options, as specified in the note by the Secretariat of 18 March 2005 (A/AC.105/L.254/Rev.2)
Working paper submitted by the United States of America on behalf of the Working Group on the Use of Nuclear Power Sources in Outer Space
PDF-A PDF-C PDF-E PDF-F PDF-R PDF-S
A /AC.105/C.1/2006/NPS/WP.6
2006 Status of and needs regarding nuclear safety in outer space: a designer's point of view
Working paper submitted by France
PDF-A PDF-C PDF-E PDF-F PDF-R PDF-S
A /AC.105/C.1/2006/NPS/WP.5
2006 Minimum essential elements of a safety framework
Working paper submitted by the Russian Federation
PDF-A PDF-C PDF-E PDF-F PDF-R PDF-S
A /AC.105/C.1/2006/NPS/WP.4
2006 Design safety considerations for launch, normal operations and mission accidents (covering specific design approaches to assure safety and mitigate risk given foreseeable environment conditions)
Working paper submitted by the Russian Federation
PDF-A PDF-C PDF-E PDF-F PDF-R PDF-S
A /AC.105/C.1/2006/NPS/WP.3
2006 Unique design considerations for nuclear power source applications in outer space
Working paper submitted by the Russian Federation
PDF-A PDF-C PDF-E PDF-F PDF-R PDF-S
A /AC.105/C.1/2006/NPS/WP.2
2006 Ongoing, planned and currently foreseeable nuclear power source applications in outer space and their scope and rationale (including rationale for use of space nuclear power rather than other space power sources)
Working paper submitted by the Russian Federation
PDF-A PDF-C PDF-E PDF-F PDF-R PDF-S
A/AC.105/C.1/2006/NPS/WP.1
2005 Design safety considerations for launch, normal operations and mission accidents (covering specific design approaches to assure safety and mitigate risk given foreseeable environment conditions)
Working paper submitted by the Russian Federation
PDF-A PDF-C PDF-E PDF-F PDF-R PDF-S
Series: A/AC.105/C.1/2006/NPS/CRP.***
A/AC.105/C.1/2006/NPS/CRP.14
2006 Presentation on "Key Issues in Harmonizing Organizational Processes for Establishing an International Technically Based Framework of Goals and Recommendations for the Safety of Planned and Currently Foreseeable NPS in Outer Space" n/a n/a PDF-E n/a n/a n/a
A/AC.105/C.1/2006/NPS/CRP.13
2006 Presentation on "Considerations on Minimum Essential Safety Elements of an International Safety Framework for NPS Applications in Outer Space" n/a n/a PDF-E n/a n/a n/a
A/AC.105/C.1/2006/NPS/CRP.12
2006 Presentation on "Ongoing, Planned and Currently Foreseeable NPS Applications in Outer Space and Their Scope and Rationale" (ESA) n/a n/a PDF-E n/a n/a n/a
A/AC.105/C.1/2006/NPS/CRP.11
2006 Presentation on "Ongoing, Planned and Currently Foreseeable Nuclear Power Source (NPS) Applications in Outer Space and Their Scope and Rationale" (USA) n/a n/a PDF-E n/a n/a n/a
A/AC.105/C.1/2006/NPS/CRP.10/Rev.1
2006 List of Participants n/a n/a PDF-E n/a n/a n/a
A/AC.105/C.1/2006/NPS/CRP.9
2006 Presentation on "IAEA Safety Standards" n/a n/a PDF-E n/a n/a n/a
A/AC.105/C.1/2006/NPS/CRP.8
2006 Presentation on "Perspective on the Minimum Essential Elements of a Safety Framework" n/a n/a PDF-E n/a n/a n/a
A/AC.105/C.1/2006/NPS/CRP.7
2006 Presentation submitted on "An Overview of the IAEA's Essential Elements of a Safety Framework" n/a n/a PDF-E n/a n/a n/a
A/AC.105/C.1/2006/NPS/CRP.6
2006 Presentation on "Design Safety Considerations for Space Radioisotope Power System (RPS). Launch, Normal Operations and Contingencies" n/a n/a PDF-E n/a n/a n/a
A/AC.105/C.1/2006/NPS/CRP.5
2006 Presentation on "Reactor Design Considerations for safe Launch and Operations" n/a n/a PDF-E n/a n/a n/a
A/AC.105/C.1/2006/NPS/CRP.4
2006 Presentation on "United States Perspective on Space Radioisotope Power System (RPS) Design and Safety Consideration" n/a n/a PDF-E n/a n/a n/a
A/AC.105/C.1/2006/NPS/CRP.3
2006 Presentation on "Space Reactor Safety From a US Perspective" n/a n/a PDF-E n/a n/a n/a
A/AC.105/C.1/2006/NPS/CRP.2
2006 Presentation on "Unique Design Considerations for Nuclear Power Sources (NPS) Applications in Outer Space" n/a n/a PDF-E n/a n/a n/a
A/AC.105/C.1/2006/NPS/CRP.1
2006 Presentation on "Development of International Standards for Radiation Protection and Nuclear Safety" n/a n/a PDF-E n/a n/a n/a
Series: A/AC.105/***
A/AC.105/781
2005 A review of international documents and national processes potentially relevant to the peaceful uses of nuclear power sources in outer space Report of the Working Group on the Use of Nuclear Power Sources in Outer Space PDF-A PDF-C PDF-E PDF-F PDF-R PDF-S
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