982-R120461, PROMETHEUS PROJECT FINAL REPORT
982-R120461, PROMETHEUS PROJECT FINAL REPORT. The Prometheus Project was an element of the NASA Prometheus Nuclear Systems and Technology Theme. (It was previously known as the Jupiter Icy Moons Orbiter (JIMO) Project, and its pre-project work was performed under the NASA Nuclear Systems Initiative.) The Project was authorized by the Formulation Authorization for the Project Prometheus Program, signed by the NASA Associate Administrator for Space Science, Dr. Ed Weiler, on March 18, 2003. (The Project was subsequently transferred to the NASA Exploration Systems Mission Directorate upon its establishment in February 2004.) The Agency funding unique project number for the Prometheus Project was UPN 982-00. Additional funding was provided through FY 04 on a technology development number, UPN 973-80. Work was authorized at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) via formal Task Order from NASA.
To guide the work in Phase A of the Project, a Preliminary Project Plan was executed in October 2003 by the JPL Center Director, Dr. Charles Elachi, and the Project Manager, John Casani, and the NASA Prometheus Director, Al Newhouse, and Associate Director, Ray Taylor. The Preliminary Project Plan was updated after addition of DOE Office of Naval Reactors (DOE NR) and Northrop Grumman Space Technologies (NGST) to the Project team. The updated plan was not signed by all parties due to notice that the Project would be discontinued.