This is the commitment to sustainability at the heart of Artemis’ mission.
NASA has a clear goal: to reach the Moon and settle there. before their rivals do. China wants to launch a rocket on the moon to establish its first permanent bases there. And now we know what are the US planscreate a nuclear fission reactor that will serve energy supply to their bases on the satellite and, perhaps in the future, on other planets. Something that combines with the idea of creating plasma engines based on nuclear fusion for faster travel in space.
Nuclear fission, NASA’s goal
NASA is taking giant steps to explore far more sustainable energy sources than current ones for its ongoing missions to the Moon. Thanks to this new project known as Surface fission power (FSP), is committed to providing a reliable and durable source of energy for missions that will keep people occupied endlessly to our satellite, as reported by Universe Today.
Nuclear energy inevitably became the most reliable and clean source for missions with these characteristics. Solar panels They don’t work on long moonlit nights.Thus, the nuclear alternative is the key to continuously powering lunar missions. This is not counting the efficiency of nuclear energy sources, which has nothing in common with solar sources.
The first phase of the project has already been completed, and from there three companies with nuclear technology expertise, Lockheed Martin, Westinghouse and IX, were awarded contracts. present preliminary designs of the reactor and associated systems. The design requirements are complex: the reactor must have a minimum useful life of ten years without the need for human maintenance, weigh less than six tons and be capable of delivering 40 kilowatts of power. In short, you must have everything to keep the astronauts alive in conditions small space colony.
These reactor designs will not only serve the Artemis mission to the Moon, but will also lay the foundation for the development Similar systems for use on Mars and other long-term space missions. So it could be future technologies.
By 2025 we will have more news about second phase program in which it will be solved if FSP turns out to be effective. This is an idea for now very interesting And it’s not entirely unfeasible; after all, there are now ambitious bids to outfit entire neighborhoods with dishwasher-sized appliances.
- NASA will work on nuclear fission reactor.
- The idea is that it serves to supply energy to permanent bases on the moon.
- It should be easy to maintain without human intervention for at least 10 years.
- Must provide a power of 40 kilowatts.
- It is expected that in the future it can be used both for the Moon and for travel to other planets, such as Mars.
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