OT: Voyager watts

From: Alexander Schreiber <als_at_thangorodrim.de>
Date: Mon May 12 13:09:00 2003

On Mon, May 12, 2003 at 11:24:53AM -0400, chris wrote:
> >In the
> >case of a Voyager-class probe, with RTG-sourced power,
> For the few of us on the list that are idiots (ok, fine, just for me
> then), what is RTG sourced power?

Radionuclear Thermal Generator, a device which contains some suitable
radioactive isotope. The isotope produces heat due to nuclear decay and
this heat is used to produce electric power. A nice longterm source for
considerable amounts of power (depending on size/weight constraints,
they can deliver anything from a few watt to a few kilowatt and even
Disadvantages: guaranteed to not earn you any new friends among the
treehuggers and its power output drops logarithmically over time.

"Opportunity is missed by most people because it is dressed in overalls and
 looks like work."                                      -- Thomas A. Edison
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