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The Pentagon appears to announce a new nuclear power generation system in space by 2027

The Advanced Defense Research Projects Agency (DARPA) has announced that it is working on a project to design, develop and assemble a nuclear thermal rocket engine and launch it into Earth’s orbit by 2026.

The Defense Innovation Unit (DIU) says it is working on two approaches to accelerate ground and flight testing of nuclear prototypes, aiming to demonstrate new nuclear systems in space by 2027.

The unit said it has signed two contracts so far. “One is ultra-safe nuclear power, and the other is avalanche energy to demonstrate the next-generation nuclear propulsion and power capabilities of spacecraft.”

The two companies will introduce solutions that give small spacecraft the ability to maneuver freely in Sisruner space and enable high-power payloads to support Pentagon space missions.

“DIU hopes that its NAPP program will have a direct impact on how the United States adopts space power and lead an era in which spacecraft can tactically maneuver in Sisrunner space,” the unit said. Said in a statement.

Ultra Safe Nuclear is working on the development of a nuclear radioactive isotope battery that can be expanded to 10 times higher power levels than plutonium systems and can provide more than 1 million kilowatt hours (kWh) of energy with just a few kilograms of fuel. increase. “”

Next, Avalanche Energy devised a device called the “Orbitron”. The device “uses an electrostatic field to trap fusion ions in combination with a magnetron electron confinement scheme, overcoming charge density limits.”

The DIU initiative follows DARPA’s announcement that it is working on the design of a nuclear thermal rocket engine and is setting targets for the 2026 flight demonstration.

https://sputniknews.com/20220529/pentagon-looks-to-unveil-new-nuclear-power-systems-in-space-by-2027-1095863877.html The Pentagon appears to announce a new nuclear power generation system in space by 2027

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