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New partnerships further radioisotope power plans

New partnerships further radioisotope power plans

Zeno Power's first full-scale radioisotope power systems will be fuelled by strontium-90 material recycled from a legacy radioisotope generator under a new public-private partnership with the US Department of Energy Oak Ridge Office of Environmental Management. The company has also announced a partnership with Westinghouse to fabricate the heat sources for its systems.

New Nuclear 30 January 2024


Canadian collaboration to explore isotope production for space exploration

Canadian collaboration to explore isotope production for space exploration

The Canadian Nuclear Isotope Council and nuclear innovation company Nuclear Promise X will explore the feasibility of using Canadian nuclear reactors to produce plutonium-238 for use in deep space exploration.

Corporate 05 January 2024


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Moon base micro-reactor concept unveiled by Rolls-Royce

Moon base micro-reactor concept unveiled by Rolls-Royce

The results of a UK Space Agency backed research programme have been unveiled by Rolls-Royce, with the company saying it aims to have a micro-reactor ready to send to the Moon by the early 2030s.

New Nuclear 04 December 2023


Nuclear companies sign up for space technology missions

Nuclear companies sign up for space technology missions

With nuclear technology set to underpin new developments in space travel, NASA has awarded Ultra Safe Nuclear Corporation a contract to manufacture and test fuel and develop the design of a nuclear thermal propulsion engine for near-term missions. Separately, Space Nuclear Power Corporation has partnered with Lockheed Martin Corporation and BWX Technologies for the US Space Force/Air Force's JETSON nuclear electric propulsion demonstration project, while Framatome has announced the creation of a new brand, Framatome Space.

New Nuclear 20 October 2023


BWXT to begin work on cislunar nuclear rocket engine and fuel

BWXT to begin work on cislunar nuclear rocket engine and fuel

The USA's Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency has finalised an agreement with Lockheed Martin to begin work on the fabrication and design of an experimental nuclear thermal rocket and its engine. BWX Technologies, one of Lockheed Martin's partners in the effort, will develop the nuclear reactor and fabricate the HALEU fuel.

New Nuclear 26 July 2023


CEA feasibility studies on nuclear propulsion in space

CEA feasibility studies on nuclear propulsion in space

The French Alternative Energies and Atomic Energy Commission is conducting two feasibility studies on nuclear propulsion for the European Space Agency, which could pave the way for missions to Mars and beyond.

New Nuclear 22 June 2023


Nuclear-powered 'flashlight' to be developed for lunar studies

Nuclear-powered 'flashlight' to be developed for lunar studies

An X-ray "flashlight" which would use an energy source based on Ultra Safe Nuclear Corporation's EmberCore nuclear chargeable ceramic technology to map the lunar surface has been selected for early-stage funding under the NASA Innovative Advanced Concepts programme.

New Nuclear 19 June 2023


USNC delivers TRISO particle fuel to NASA

USNC delivers TRISO particle fuel to NASA

Ultra Safe Nuclear Corporation has delivered uranium nitride coated uranium oxycarbide tristructural isotropic fuel to NASA's Space Nuclear Power and Propulsion programme. The company says this demonstrates the "flexibility, precision and value" of its Pilot Fuel Manufacturing Facility.

Uranium & Fuel 14 June 2023


UK-US partnership for nuclear fusion rockets

UK-US partnership for nuclear fusion rockets

UK clean space propulsion systems and services company Pulsar Fusion has formed a partnership with USA-based Princeton Satellite Systems to use artificial intelligence to design a hyper-fast space rocket capable of reaching Mars in only 30 days.

New Nuclear 13 June 2023


Westinghouse, Astrobotic team up on space projects

Westinghouse, Astrobotic team up on space projects

Westinghouse Electric Company and lunar landers and rovers developer Astrobotic have signed a memorandum of understanding to explore collaboration on space technology programmes for NASA and the US Department of Defense.

New Nuclear 02 June 2023