NASA Picks 3 Companies for Nuclear Power Plants on the Moon

NASA Picks 3 Companies for Nuclear Power Plants for the Moon

TL;DR

  • For the construction of a fission surface power system on the Moon, NASA has chosen three design ideas.
  • By the end of the decade, the Artemis-umbrella project is expected to begin operations.
  • The contracts for the businesses responsible for these design proposals are estimated to be worth $5 million.

NASA eagerly wants to make nuclear power plants for the moon

For the contracts, NASA has selected Lockheed Martin in collaboration with BWXT and Creare, Westinghouse in collaboration with Aerojet Rocketdyne, and IX in collaboration with Maxar and Boeing. The agreement is valid for a year.

The initial concepts for a 40-kilowatt class fission power system that is expected to tolerate at least 10 years on the Moon will be developed thanks to these $5 million contracts, according to a press statement from NASA. According to Idaho National Laboratory Director John Wagner, the Fission Surface Power project is a very doable first step toward the United States generating nuclear power on the Moon.

According to NASA, fission power systems assure constant power regardless of environmental factors including location, sunlight, and other natural circumstances by being considerably smaller and lighter than conventional power systems.

The space agency would benefit from these systems when it conducted extended trips to the Moon and Mars. 'Nuclear propulsion technologies that rely on reactors to generate power' will also be developed with their assistance.

Jim Reuter, an associate administrator for NASA's Space Technology Mission Directorate, said that "new technology fuels our exploration of the Moon, Mars, and beyond." We can build the foundation for our long-term human presence in other worlds by creating these early designs.

NASA and the Department of Energy have worked together on this (DOE). It is claimed that NASA will benefit from using the fission power system for long space exploration missions. What do you think of this, then? Tell us in the comments section below.