The United States has prepared plans to install the first nuclear reactor on the moon by the end of 2026. The US Department of Energy will propose its design in early 2021, in collaboration with NASA. Also, it has gained more momentum following the recent White House directive.
The current President Donald Trump on December 16 released -National Strategy for Space Nuclear Power and Propulsion.
Under this, he asked NASA to launch a fission surface power project for lunar surface demonstration by 2027, which has a 40 kW-electric power range with a more continuous lunar presence and higher potential to support Mars exploration.
NASA objective behind this was to install a flight hardware system that is ready for integration with the lunar lander by the end of 2026. The nuclear reactor is known as a fusion power system that will benefit future robot and manned missions as well as Mars.
Important facts for United States has prepared plans to install the first nuclear reactor on the moon
America to set up nuclear reactor on lunar surface by 2026
Fusion surface power system will be ready on earth, assembled here
Will be integrated with the lander like payload, capable of operation itself
Only after landing on the moon, will the command of Fijn be given from the earth
The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) has been asked to launch a fusion surface power project on the lunar surface. It will have a capacity of 40 kilowatts and the entire system will support America s constant presence on the moon and future visits to Mars. The US Department of Energy will also work on this project.
Energy arrangements for future missions
Earlier, in an email interview to Times of India, NASA spokesperson Claire Scalley said the agency wanted to build a flight hardware system that would integrate with the lunar surface by the end of 2026. The nuclear reactor, called the Fusion Power System, will benefit future robotic and human missions associated with the Moon and Mars.
According to Skelly, Safe, effective and easily available energy is critical to these missions and a Fusion Surface Power System meets those needs.