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The UK Space Agency is funding two nuclear projects as part of the second phase of investment awarded through its £20m ($25m) International Bilateral Fund (IBF). Rolls-Royce and BWXT receive £1.18m for their collaboration on fission nuclear systems for space power missions. The University of Leicester and its international partners receive more than £783,000 to identify a range of mission opportunities for UK space nuclear power technologies. The collaboration also includes the development of hybrid power systems with existing US conversion technologies.

Date: Thursday, 11 April 2024
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Two projects featuring nuclear energy are among 11 international space projects selected to receive funding from the UK Space Agency. Rolls-Royce's collaboration with BWXT receives GBP1.18 million (USD1.5 million) to further its work on fission nuclear systems for space power missions, while an international project led by the University of Leicester receives GBP800,000.

Date: Tuesday, 09 April 2024
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The head of Russia’s Roscosmos, Yuri Borisov, has said that Russia and China are considering the possibility of building a NPP on the surface of the moon in the 2030s. “Today we are seriously considering the project, somewhere at the turn of 2033-2035, delivery and installation on the lunar surface together with our Chinese colleagues of a power plant” he said during the World Youth Festival in Sirius near Sochi.

Date: Thursday, 14 March 2024
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NASA has completed the initial phase of its Fission Surface Power Project, which sought to develop concept designs for a small, electricity-generating nuclear fission reactor that could be used during a future demonstration on the Moon and to inform future designs for Mars.

Date: Thursday, 08 February 2024
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Zeno Power's first full-scale radioisotope power systems will be fuelled by strontium-90 (Sr-90) material recycled from a legacy radioisotope generator under a new public-private partnership with the US Department of Energy Oak Ridge Office of Environmental Management (OREM). The company has also announced a partnership with Westinghouse to fabricate the heat sources for its systems.

Date: Wednesday, 31 January 2024
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US-based Zeno Power has selected Westinghouse Electric Company to process radioisotopes to fabricate its heat sources for its radioisotope power systems (RPSs). Zeno is working to bring its first commercial RPSs to market by 2026. Zeno’s work with Westinghouse will build upon its nuclear demonstration at the US Pacific Northwest National Laboratory in October 2023. The demonstration confirmed that Zeno's patented innovation increases the specific power (Wth/kg) of its Sr-90 heat source compared with historic Sr-90 heat sources.

Date: Saturday, 27 January 2024
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Rolls-Royce unveiled a nuclear Space Micro-Reactor Concept Model at the UK Space Conference in Belfast. It is part of the UK Space Agency backed research programme to deliver an initial demonstration of a UK lunar modular nuclear reactor. In March, Rolls-Royce secured funding of £2.9m ($3.65m) from the UK Space Agency to support research into how nuclear power could be used to support a future Moon base for astronauts.

Date: Friday, 08 December 2023
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The results of a UK Space Agency backed research programme have been unveiled by Rolls-Royce, with the company saying it aims to have a micro-reactor ready to send to the Moon by the early 2030s.

Date: Tuesday, 05 December 2023
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