National Aeronautics and Space Administration

Glenn Research Center

Nuclear Systems Project

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 […]

Los Alamos Lab Demonstrates A Reactor For Space Travel

Popular Science featured an article on the first new reactor prototype for space built in the U.S. since 1965. “For spacecraft, you really can’t beat the efficiency and simplicity of a nuclear power supply. From the Pioneer probes to the Mars rover Curiosity, a nuclear battery allows a slow drip of electricity where solar power would […]