UK Backs Rolls-Royce Project To Build a Nuclear Reactor On the Moon
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The UK Space Agency said Friday it would back research by Rolls-Royce looking at the use of nuclear power on the moon. CNBC reports:
In a statement, the government agency said researchers from Rolls-Royce had been working on a Micro-Reactor program “to develop technology that will provide power needed for humans to live and work on the Moon.” The UKSA will now provide [around $3.52 million] of funding for the project, which it said would “deliver an initial demonstration of a UK lunar modular nuclear reactor.”
Rolls-Royce is set to work with a range of organizations on the project, including the University of Sheffield’s Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre and Nuclear AMRC, and the University of Oxford. “Developing space nuclear power offers a unique chance to support innovative technologies and grow our nuclear, science and space engineering skills base,” Paul Bate, chief executive of the UK Space Agency, said. Bate added that Rolls-Royce’s research “could lay the groundwork for powering continuous human presence on the Moon, while enhancing the wider UK space sector, creating jobs and generating further investment.” According to the UKSA, Rolls-Royce […] is aiming “to have a reactor ready to send to the Moon by 2029.”