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Milestones achieved within a recent two-week period demonstrate what nuclear technology is all about, what it is doing and can do for humanity, Agneta Rising, World Nuclear Association director general, said ahead of the Association's Strategic eForum 2020.

Date: Wednesday, 09 September 2020
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/Speech-Worlds-of-possibilities-with-nuclear-techno

The US Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) has issued a final safety evaluation report (FSER) for NuScale's small modular reactor. This is the first-ever FSER to be issued by the NRC for an SMR, and represents the completion of the technical review and approval of the design.

Date: Wednesday, 02 September 2020
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/NuScale-SMR-receives-US-design-certification-appro

US Department of Energy’s Idaho National Laboratory (INL) said on 24 August that Battelle Energy Alliance (BEA) had initiated contract negotiations with a team led by Bechtel National Inc (BNI) to support the design and build phase of the Versatile Test Reactor (VTR). The BNI team also includes TerraPower and GE Hitachi Nuclear Energy.

Date: Tuesday, 01 September 2020
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newsbechtel-selected-for-contract-talks-on-us-test-reactor-8109828

US-based NuScale Power announced on 28 August that the US Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) had completed Phase 6 review—the last and final phase—of the Design Certification Application (DCA) for its small modular reactor (SMR) with the issuance of the Final Safety Evaluation Report (FSER).

Date: Tuesday, 01 September 2020
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newsus-nrc-issues-final-safety-evaluation-for-nuscale-smr-8110037

New modular-based experiment holders developed by the US Department of Energy's (DOE) Idaho National Laboratory (INL) are expected to improve transient testing on nuclear fuels and materials, and enable new clients like NASA to take advantage of the unique capabilities at INL's Transient Reactor Test Facility (TREAT).

Date: Saturday, 29 August 2020
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/New-experiment-holders-accelerate-nuclear-fuel-tes

Battelle Energy Alliance (BEA) has begun contract negotiations with a team led by Bechtel National Inc (BNI) and including TerraPower and GE Hitachi Nuclear Energy (GEH) to support the design and build phase of the Versatile Test Reactor (VTR). The reactor will be a one-of-a-kind facility that would support research and development of innovative, clean nuclear energy technologies.

Date: Wednesday, 26 August 2020
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/Contract-negotiations-under-way-for-US-test-reacto

The US National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) on 30 July launched the Perseverance Mars from Cape Canaveral in Florida. The rover is expected to land on Mars in February 2021. It will be powered by a Multi-Mission Radioisotope Thermoelectric Generator (MMRTG) developed at the Department of Energy's (DOE’s) Idaho National Laboratory (INL). NASA said the rover, was powered by the United Launch Alliance (ULA) Atlas V 541 rocket. ULA is the only space launch provider certified to handle Radioisotope Thermoelectric Generators (RTGs), according to ULA president and CEO, Tory Bruno. NASA certifies the rocket, but NASA and DOE together certify the provider to carry a nuclear payload, he explained.

Date: Tuesday, 04 August 2020
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newsnasas-new-mars-rover-powered-by-rtgs-8059097

Battelle Energy Alliance (BEA), the managing and operating contractor for the US Department of Energy’s (DOE’s) Idaho National Laboratory (INL), is seeking information from leaders in the nuclear and space industries to develop innovative technologies for a fission surface power (FSP) system that can be operated on the moon, INL said on 24 July. Responses are sought by 8 September, after which, INL will issue a request for proposal.

Date: Saturday, 01 August 2020
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newsus-to-develop-a-reactor-for-use-in-space-8055773

NASA's Perseverance Mars rover successfully launched today from Cape Canaveral in Florida. The rover, which will be powered by a Multi-Mission Radioisotope Thermoelectric Generator (MMRTG) developed at the US Department of Energy's (DOE) Idaho National Laboratory (INL), will land on Mars to begin exploration in February 2021.

Date: Friday, 31 July 2020
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/Nuclear-powered-rover-sets-off-for-Mars

Battelle Energy Alliance, LLC (BEA), the managing and operating contractor for the US Department of Energy's Idaho National Laboratory, has issued a request for information (RFI) on a fission surface power (FSP) system that can be operated on the Moon.

Date: Tuesday, 28 July 2020
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/INL-seeks-industry-partners-for-lunar-nuclear-powe