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TECHNICAL SUPPORT TO NASA
Provide an immediate reaction capability to begin consequence management if there is a malfunction of the rocket during the launch, and also an independent analysis of hte safety issues associated with the use of a radioisotope thermoelectric generator on the spaccecraaft
The Pluto-New Horizon Mission will use a radioisotope thermoelectric generator fueled by plutonium-238 to provide electric power for the scientific instruments. This activity plans for actions to be taken if there is a malfunction during the launch. Also, EPA's RPD provided technical support in preparation of the SAFETY EVALUATION REPORT for the mission. The SER presents the results of an independent evaluation by the ad hoc Pluto-New Horizons (PNH) Interagency Nuclear Safety Review Panel (INSRP) of the radiological risk to the public and environment from potential accidents that could cause radioactive material releases associated with the planned launch of the PNH mission to explore the planet Pluto, its moon Charon, and selected Kuiper Belt objects.