NASA wants to put a nuclear power plant on the Moon and is seeking ideas on how to do that.
Before future manned missions to explore Mars, the fission power source will be used to support permanent human life on the Moon.
The US space agency is working with the Department of Energy’s National Laboratory in Idaho, the government’s top nuclear research laboratory, to develop an energy source by the end of the decade.
“Providing a reliable, high-power system on the Moon is an important next step in human space exploration, and achieving this is within our grasp,” said Sebastian Corbisiero, Fission Surface Power project lead in the lab.
A nuclear reactor would provide the needed power regardless of conditions on the Moon or Mars, and would be built on Earth before being sent to space.
Jim Reuter, associate administrator for NASA’s Space Technology Mission Directorate, said, “I expect fission surface power systems to greatly benefit our plans for power architecture for the Moon and Mars and even for use on Earth.” innovation will also be carried out for
NASA says proposals for the reactor should include plans for a uranium-fueled reactor core, a system to convert nuclear power into usable energy, a thermal management system to keep the reactor cool, and a distribution system that could generate 40 kW. Provides no less than Continuous power for 10 years.
It should be able to turn itself on and off without human assistance and should be able to operate from the deck of the lunar lander.
The reactor must be able to be removed from the lander, run on a mobile system, and transported to the site where it will operate.
It must fit inside a cylinder 18 feet long and weigh no more than 13,2000 pounds.
NASA says that all proposals for the project must be submitted by February 19.
No humans have been to the Moon since the Apollo 17 mission in 1972, but NASA’s Artemis project aims to land the first woman and person of color on the Moon, and its first crewed flight to launch in 2025. is intended.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.
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