NASA Plans a Nuclear Plant on Moon

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NASA Plans a Nuclear Plant on Moon

If you have been thinking about an imaginative idea for creating a nuclear power plant on the Moon, NASA and the Department of Energy want your opinions.

These two agencies put out a joint request for proposals (RFP) for design ideas for a flight-qualified nuclear fission system to power the investigation of the surface of the Moon under the Artemis Plan. This lunar exploration program plans to send humans back to the Moon, along with the first woman and the first black person, by 2024.

The program’s goal is to take the new knowledge and technologies that are developed for a ride to the Moon and establish a human existence there and do the same thing on Mars one day.

The main goal is to form a system that lies on the Moon’s surface and provides the necessary power to operate rovers, do experiments, and turn water and other assets into life support for the astronauts. Anything invented must operate independently of the sun and be light enough to be launched into space after being built here on earth.

A recent contract of $5 million is for anyone or company that supplies the best work account by the February 2022 application deadline. NASA says it wants the lunar nuclear plant ready to launch “within ten years.”

Nuclear fission is the process where atoms are split apart, letting go energy from the breaking of bonds that holds the nucleus together—it is the primary power source for the project, it must be able to produce 40 kilowatts of power, which is enough to support about 30 households continuously for a decade

The explanation for this is three-fold is as follows: nuclear fission systems can run 24/7 without having to rely on the sun on, “in the shadowy craters and during the lunar nights,” they are compacted.

This lunar project will be managed by NASA’s Glenn Research Center, Cleveland, Ohio; contending design companies will create their initial ideas over one year after applying.

Discovering a power source on the lunar’s surface will bring NASA closer to creating a long-term presence on the Moon by the end of 2030, a jump to a longer-term goal of establishing a base on Mars.

 

Dean Mathers

Editor and Chief of Mind Debris Magazine

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