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Mars 2020 rover gets radioisotope fuel

Mars 2020 rover gets radioisotope fuel

Fuelling of a radioisotope-based power system for NASA's Mars 2020 rover has begun. The Multi-Mission Radioisotope Thermoelectric Generator - or MMRTG - uses heat from the natural radioactive decay of plutonium-238 to generate electricity as well as maintaining the rover's systems at the proper operating temperatures.

New Nuclear 01 August 2019


Russia launches world's largest nuclear-powered icebreaker

Russia launches world's largest nuclear-powered icebreaker

A ceremony was held on 25 May at the Baltic Shipyard in Saint Petersburg to mark the launch of the Ural nuclear-powered icebreaker. The 173 metre-long Ural is one of three vessels of Project 22220 - featuring RITM-200 reactors - that will be able to break through 3-meter-thick ice as they escort vessels across the Arctic Ocean.

New Nuclear 28 May 2019


UK generates usable electricity from americium

UK generates usable electricity from americium

The UK's National Nuclear Laboratory and University of Leicester have generated usable electricity from the chemical element americium in what it believes to be a global first. The achievement is seen as a step towards potential use of americium in so-called space batteries, which may mean future space missions can be powered for up to 400 years.

New Nuclear 03 May 2019


Decommissioning milestone for space fuel plant

Decommissioning milestone for space fuel plant

Equipment contaminated with plutonium from the manufacturing of fuel for deep space missions has been removed from the 235-F building at the US Department of Energy's Savannah River Site, marking a milestone in reducing risk at the South Carolina facility.

Waste & Recycling 01 November 2018


Russia completes second reactor for Ural icebreaker

Russia completes second reactor for Ural icebreaker

Zio-Podolsk, a subsidiary of Russian state nuclear corporation Rosatom, has dispatched the second reactor for the Ural nuclear-powered icebreaker under construction at the Baltic Shipyard in Saint Petersburg.

New Nuclear 18 October 2018


NASA officials updated on nuclear thermal propulsion

NASA officials updated on nuclear thermal propulsion

BWX Technologies, Inc yesterday hosted officials from NASA’s Space Technology Mission Directorate for progress updates and technology demonstrations related to BWXT’s nuclear thermal propulsion programme.

New Nuclear 10 October 2018


Ural icebreaker passes construction milestone

Ural icebreaker passes construction milestone

Zio-Podolsk, a subsidiary of Russian state nuclear corporation Rosatom, has completed the welding of four hydrochambers to the reactor body of the Ural nuclear-powered icebreaker.

New Nuclear 01 August 2018


US project to recycle naval fuel gets Senate approval

US project to recycle naval fuel gets Senate approval

The US Senate has approved a proposal for a USD15 million pilot programme to recycle used naval nuclear fuel for use as fuel in advanced nuclear reactors. The proposal was adopted by 87 votes to 9.

Waste & Recycling 22 June 2018


Viewpoint: European push for nuclear technology in space

Viewpoint: European push for nuclear technology in space

The European Space Agency will host the international space and applications community in a workshop on 27-28 June to find out how best to prepare for the implementation of advanced radioisotope hybrid power systems. Here, Dr Markus Landgraf, architecture analyst in the Directorate of Human Spaceflight and Robotic Exploration Programmes at the European Space Research and Technology Centre, or ESTEC, explains the potential for nuclear technology in future space exploration. ESTEC is the ESA's main development and test centre for spacecraft and space technology.

Perspectives 31 May 2018


NASA successfully tests Kilopower reactor

NASA successfully tests Kilopower reactor

Kilopower on the moon - 48The National Aeronautics and Space Administration yesterday announced the successful testing of a uranium-fuelled Stirling engine for use in possible future missions to Mars. Testing of the Kilopower reactor - which could be used to provide power to missions to the Moon, Mars and beyond - began at NASA's Nevada National Security Site in November 2017 and was completed in March.

Other News 03 May 2018