CONCEPT OF NEW FISSION POWER SYSTEM ON THE LUNAR SURFACE – IMAGES COURTESY NASA
If we go any other plante like Mars in space. We need more efficient propulsion systems, a way to protect ourselves from cosmic radiation and, most importantly, more power to draw from in space.
NASA may have just the solution in the form of a tiny nuclear reactor called KRUSTY, for Kilopower Reactor Using Stirling Technology. And yes, that IS a reference to Krusty the clown from ‘The Simpsons’, seeing as the previous iteration was called DUFF.
It’s a nuclear fission model, running on uranium-235 in a reactor the size of a napkin. KRUSTY can produce 10 kilowatts of power for 10 years, NASA says, enough to power several houses. And just four of these reactors could be enough to power an entire lunar outpost.