Nuclear power on the Moon: NASA plans to create a nuclear power system on the Earth's satellite

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Nuclear power on the moon: NASA plans to build a nuclear power system on the moon

The US space agency plans to implement a nuclear power system project on the moon later this decade.

NASA is working with the US Department of Energy to create a nuclear power system on the moon. Experts from these organizations have already selected three potential projects for a ground-based energy system on the Moon, which will be created by private companies, according to SciTechDaily.

NASA plans that as a result of the competition, one project will be selected that can be implemented on the Moon as early as end of this decade. The space agency also believes that the technology for developing a nuclear power system on the Moon could be used to create new nuclear engines that will allow spacecraft to travel not only to the Moon or Mars, but also further in the solar system.

So far, NASA has awarded contracts to three private companies, Lockheed Martin, Westinghouse of Cranberry Township, and IX, to present their initial concept for a nuclear power system on the Moon within a year.

Nuclear Power on the Moon: NASA plans to create a nuclear power system on the Earth's satellite

The cost of each contract is estimated at about $5 million. For this money, companies will have to present the concept of a 40 kilowatt nuclear power system, which will have to work on the Earth’s satellite for at least 10 years.

According to experts, relatively small or more convenient to use nuclear power systems will be able to provide an uninterrupted supply energy regardless of its location on the surface of the moon.

Jim Righter from NASA believes that new technologies will allow not only to gain a foothold on the Moon or Mars, but also to think about the development of other planets and ensure a long-term human presence there.

“The development of these projects is the first step in creating nuclear power on the moon. I'm really curious to see what each of the private companies that are participating in this competition will show us,” says John Wagner, spokesman for the US Department of Energy.

Nuclear power on the moon: NASA plans to create a nuclear power system on the moon

NASA wants to get the initial concepts ready to choose the most worthwhile ones, which will receive money for further development. The space agency believes that with the help of the technologies obtained in the development of a nuclear power system, it will be possible to begin the creation of nuclear propulsion systems for spacecraft that will allow exploration of remote parts of the solar system.

Focus already wrote that scientists from the scientific divisions of the US Department of Energy are already working on the creation of electrical microgrids for distributing energy from mini-nuclear reactors on the Earth's satellite.

From the latest scientific achievements regarding the Moon, it is worth recalling new data from Chinese scientists, which they received as a result of the study of lunar samples. They once again confirm that water still exists on the Moon.