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NASA has issued a call for the establishment of a nuclear power plant on the moon

Battelle Energy Alliance and NASA are seeking industry partners to design a nuclear power system for lunar applications

Battelle Energy Alliance, a contractor for the US Department of Energy's Idaho National Laboratory (INL), and NASA are seeking proposals from leading companies in the nuclear and space industries to develop innovative fission power generation (FSP) system technologies for lunar power generation applications. You can see the request for proposals HERE. The deadline for submitting proposals is February 19, 2022.

The FSP project is supported by NASA in collaboration with the Department of Energy and INL to develop a durable, high-power, solar-independent power source for NASA's lunar missions through the end of the decade, as well as possible missions thereafter. The purpose of the request for proposals is the initial design of the system.

A draft of the request for proposals has received a lot of interest in the industry. "The feedback and enthusiasm we continue to see about nuclear power systems in space is very exciting, and understandably so. Delivering a reliable, high-power system on the Moon is the next essential step in human space exploration, and achieving it is within our reach," said Sebastian Corbiseiro, FSP Project Manager at INL.

"Abundant energy will be an important factor in future space exploration," said Jim Reuter, deputy director of NASA's Space Technology Mission Administration in Washington, which funds NASA's fission power generation project. "I predict that fission power generation systems will greatly benefit our plans for power architectures on the moon and Mars and even lead to innovative applications here on Earth."

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  1. When there will be Fukushima on the moon and there will be no one there to manipulate the matter...

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