posted on Aug, 8 2004 @ 04:50 AM
NASA has signed a deal with the Department of Energy's National Nuclear Security Administration to place nuclear reactors in space. NASA says it will
use the reactors for power on future ISS concepts and for power to propel future space crafts. Would the military exploit this so it can out its own
nukes in space?
NASA and the Department of Energy's National Nuclear Security Administration - Naval Reactors (NR) Thursday signed a Memorandum of
Understanding (MOU) that will lead to the development, design, delivery, and operational support of civilian space nuclear reactors within NASA's
NASA Administrator Sean O'Keefe and DOE NNSA Deputy Administrator for Naval Reactors Admiral Frank. L. "Skip" Bowman, U.S. Navy, signed the MOU at
"The development of this space nuclear power system will provide an important new capability to NASA for carrying out the Vision for Space
Exploration, allowing us to explore farther and do more science than ever before," said Administrator O'Keefe.
"This work will lead to the development of safe and reliable power generating systems that will alleviate current limitations in space power
generation and propulsion that have persisted for decades, and which limit our ability to explore the solar system," he added.
"The nuclear power system in JIMO
(illustration only) will provide more
than 100 times more usable onboard
power than has been available to
previous science probes"
NASA's milestone agreement
[edit on 8-8-2004 by WestPoint23]