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Nuclear power on the Moon: NASA selects three proposals

Nuclear power on the Moon: NASA selects three proposals

The US space agency NASA has selected three design concepts for a 40KW nuclear power system designed to last at least 10 years in the lunar environment to help "lay the groundwork for powering our long-term human presence on other worlds".

New Nuclear 22 June 2022


PULSAR project to research nuclear technology for Europe's space missions

PULSAR project to research nuclear technology for Europe's space missions

Tractebel will lead the PULSAR consortium conducting research on dynamic radioisotope power systems fuelled by plutonium-238 for space applications - to provide spacecraft and astronauts with electricity and heat when the sun does not supply enough power.

New Nuclear 21 June 2022


Contracts to demo novel space propulsion technologies

Contracts to demo novel space propulsion technologies

The US Defense Innovation Unit has awarded contracts to Ultra Safe Nuclear Technologies and Avalanche Energy to demonstrate the next generation of nuclear propulsion and power capability for small spacecraft.

New Nuclear 18 May 2022


US cislunar nuclear rocket project proceeds to next stage

US cislunar nuclear rocket project proceeds to next stage

The US Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency is seeking proposals for Phases 2 and 3 of its Demonstration Rocket for Agile Cislunar Operations programme, which aims to demonstrate a nuclear thermal propulsion system in orbit in fiscal year 2026.

New Nuclear 10 May 2022


Nuclear power in space is focus of IAEA and UN events

Nuclear power in space is focus of IAEA and UN events

Future space missions could have new options opened up by nuclear technology, experts attending an International Atomic Energy Agency event have said.

Nuclear Policies 21 February 2022


Rolls-Royce moves into Leicester space research centre

Rolls-Royce moves into Leicester space research centre

British engineering group Rolls-Royce has opened new offices at Space Park Leicester to develop its expertise in nuclear power applications for space. Being based there will enable Rolls-Royce employees to better collaborate with researchers from the University of Leicester.

New Nuclear 13 January 2022


NASA seeks proposals for lunar reactor

NASA seeks proposals for lunar reactor

The US National Aeronautics and Space Administration is seeking proposals from nuclear and space industry leaders to develop innovative technologies for a fission surface power system for lunar power applications. It hopes to deploy such a system by 2030.

New Nuclear 22 November 2021


European and US nuclear companies contribute to space work

European and US nuclear companies contribute to space work

The European Space Agency has awarded a contract to Belgian company Tractebel to evaluate the possibility of producing plutonium-238 for use in space exploration. Separately, US company X-energy, working as part of a General Atomics Electromagnetic Systems team, is to develop key fuel fabrication processes in support of a first-of-a-kind rocket powered by nuclear thermal propulsion under a contract awarded by the US Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency.

New Nuclear 01 September 2021


NASA selects reactor concepts for deep space exploration

NASA selects reactor concepts for deep space exploration

Three reactor design concept proposals for a nuclear thermal propulsion system for deep space missions have been selected by the US National Aeronautics and Space Administration and the Department of Energy. The reactor will be a critical component of a nuclear thermal engine, which would utilise high-assay low-enriched uranium fuel.

New Nuclear 14 July 2021


NASA marks60 years of nuclear power in space

NASA marks 60 years of nuclear power in space

NASA has marked the 60th anniversary of the launch into space of its first nuclear-powered satellite. Transit IV-A - an experimental navigational satellite with a radioisotope-powered generator - was launched by Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory from Cape Canaveral on 29 June 1961, and NASA has since flown more than 25 missions carrying a nuclear power system.

New Nuclear 30 June 2021