nuclear thermal propulsion (NTP)

NASA and DARPA Award Contract for a Nuclear Engine to Lockheed Martin

NASA and DARPA have announced the Lockheed Martin and partners will develop the prototype DRACO nuclear thermal engine.

12 months ago

Rolls-Royce Reveals a Nuclear Reactor That Could Provide Power on the Moon

Rolls-Royce has released a teaser about the "micro-reactor" they are developing in partnership with the UK Space Agency.

1 year ago

NASA and DARPA Will be Testing a Nuclear Rocket in Space

NASA and DARPA have teamed up to create a nuclear thermal rocket that could perform an orbital flight test by…

1 year ago

New Nuclear Rocket Design to Send Missions to Mars in Just 45 Days

NASA's Advanced Innovation Concepts (NAIC) program selected a new type of bimodal nuclear propulsion that could allow for missions to…

1 year ago

Power on the Moon. What Will it Take to Survive the Lunar Night?

NASA recently hosted a series of workshops on how nuclear power could enable long-duration missions to the Moon, Mars, and…

2 years ago

Extrasolar Object Interceptor Would be Able to Chase Down the Next Oumuamua or Borisov and Actually Return a Sample

What if we had the ability to chase down interstellar objects passing through our Solar System, like Oumuamua or Comet…

3 years ago

The UK is Considering Nuclear Propulsion in Space

The UK Space Agency recently contracted with the British Rolls Royce company to research nuclear propulsion, which could allow for…

3 years ago

White House Encourages NASA to Work on Space-Based Nuclear Power and Propulsion Systems

In what's likely to be one of the last space policy initiatives of his administration, President Donald Trump has issued…

4 years ago

NASA Reignites Program for Nuclear Thermal Rockets

NASA recently announced a three-year partnership with BWXT to develop nuclear thermal rockets for future mission to Mars and beyond!

7 years ago

We Explored Pluto, Now Let’s Explore The Nearest Star!

With the recent milestone achieved by the New Horizons mission, many are contemplating what our next space exploration goal should…

8 years ago