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With nuclear technology set to underpin new developments in space travel, NASA has awarded Ultra Safe Nuclear Corporation a contract to manufacture and test fuel and develop the design of a nuclear thermal propulsion engine for near-term missions. Separately, Space Nuclear Power Corporation has partnered with Lockheed Martin Corporation and BWX Technologies for the US Space Force/Air Force's JETSON nuclear electric propulsion demonstration project, while Framatome has announced the creation of a new brand, Framatome Space.

Date: Saturday, 21 October 2023
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US-based X-Energy Reactor Company subsidiary TRISO-X has completed testing of its coated particle fuel for nuclear thermal propulsion applications. The work was undertaken as part of a team led by General Atomics Electromagnetic Systems for the first phase of the US Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency's (DARPA’s) Demonstration Rocket for Agile Cislunar Operations (DRACO) programme. The first phase included a baseline design of a nuclear thermal rocket, which was awarded to General Atomics.

Date: Saturday, 18 March 2023
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A coated particle fuel for nuclear thermal propulsion applications, fabricated by TRISO-X LLC, has undergone testing in extreme conditions representing those experienced in space.

Date: Thursday, 16 March 2023
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