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Small Reactor for Deep Space Exploration Video Released by Los Alamos National Laboratory

This is the first demonstration of a space nuclear reactor system to produce electricity in the United States since 1965, and an experiment demonstrated the first use of a heat pipe to cool a small nuclear reactor and then harvest the heat to power a Stirling engine at the Nevada National Security Site’s Device Assembly Facility confirms basic nuclear reactor physics and heat transfer for a simple, reliable space power system.

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Los Alamos National Laboratory performs national security science. The Laboratory enhances national security by ensuring the safety and reliability of the U.S. nuclear stockpile, developing technologies to reduce threats from weapons of mass destruction, and solving problems related to energy, environment, infrastructure, health, and global security concerns. Los Alamos is operated for the Department of Energy’s National Nuclear Security Administration by Los Alamos National Security, LLC.