NASA has just launched a call for projects intended to supply electricity to its future lunar base. The most promising proposals must be selected by February 2022.
“If anyone has a good idea of how to put a nuclear power plant on the moon, the US government is interested,” AP News reports. NASA plans to use nuclear fission to power its future lunar base with electricity. In this way, she will be able to operate the various devices on site, such as air purification systems. For the moment, solar panels are sufficient but in the optics of a true colony on the Moon, the energy which they produce will not be important enough.
Mini lunar power plants
According to Science Alert, NASA and the US Department of Energy will select the most promising proposals by the end of February 2022, and then help develop these concepts for a period of 12 months. The design and construction of a nuclear reactor “qualified for space flight” will be launched, and a demonstration mission will take place, if possible in the next decade, reports the Australian scientific site.
They are in fact mini lunar power plants that will eventually have to produce at least 40 kilowatts of energy. This is enough energy to power “about 30 homes for ten years” and should make possible a lasting lunar presence, but also to one day allow “the exploration and even the colonization of Mars”, affirms Science Alert.
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