NASA selects three firms to design nuclear power plant for moon
- NASA’s future exploration under the Artemis mission will use nuclear fission technology.
- It will also help in establishing long-term preparation for missions to
- Nuclear fission technology will be also used for deep space exploration missions.
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This technology would benefit future exploration under the Artemis mission that aims to land the first woman and the first person of colour on the lunar surface and establish long-term exploration in preparation for missions to Mars.
Lockheed Martin, Westinghouse and IX (a joint venture from Intuitive Machines and X-Energy), won the 12-month contracts, to be awarded through the DOE's Idaho National Laboratory, which are each valued at approximately $5 million.
The contracts fund the development of initial design concepts for a 40-kilowatt class fission power system planned to last at least 10 years in the lunar environment.
A demonstration of such systems on the Moon would pave the way for long-duration missions on the Moon and, ultimately, Mars.
"New technology drives our exploration of the Moon, Mars, and beyond. Developing these early designs will help us lay the groundwork for powering our long-term human presence on other worlds," Jim Reuter, associate administrator for NASA's
"The Fission Surface Power project is a very achievable first step toward the United States establishing nuclear power on the Moon," added Idaho National Laboratory Director, John Wagner.
The Phase 1 awards will provide NASA critical information from industry that can lead to a joint development of a full flight-certified fission power system.
Fission surface power technologies also will help NASA mature nuclear propulsion systems that rely on reactors to generate power.
These systems could be used for deep space exploration missions.
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