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Space Nuclear Power for Mars - David Poston
23rd Annual International Mars Society Convention

David Poston speaks at the 23nd Annual International Mars Society Convention, held as a Virtual Convention worldwide on the Internet from October 15-18, 2020. It was a historic and record event for the Mars Society with over 10,000 attendeees, 150 speakers, and over 100,000 viewers.

Kilopower: A Gateway to Abundant Power for Exploration

NASA is pursuing development and research of the Kilopower project in order to meet the agency’s anticipated future planetary surface power needs. The objective of NASA Space Technology Mission Directorate’s Kilopower project is to demonstrate space fission power systems technology to enable crewed surface missions on planetary bodies.

Kilowatt Nuclear Reactor Could Play Role In Powering Manned Missions On Mars

As humans prepare to venture out farther into the final frontier, the name of the game is nuclear fission. 

Mars nuclear reactor: Kilopower nuclear power system could sustain future colony on Mars

NASA is testing a nuclear fission reactor prototype that could enable long-term stays on the surface of the red planet.

NASA tests nuclear reactors that can power life on Mars
Kilopower: A Gateway to Abundant Power for Exploration

NASA is pursuing development and research of the Kilopower project in order to meet the agency’s anticipated future planetary surface power needs. The objective of NASA Space Technology Mission Directorate’s Kilopower project is to demonstrate space fission power systems technology to enable crewed surface missions on planetary bodies.

Powering a Habitat on Mars with Kilopower

When we imagine sending humans long-term to live on the surface of Mars, the moon, or other planetary bodies in the not-so-distant future, one of the primary questions is: How will we provide the colonists with power? Kilopower is a small nuclear reactor being designed at Los Alamos National Laboratory in conjunction with NASA that it hopes will one day be the answer to that question.

Kilopower Press Conference – Jan. 18, 2018

NASA and its partners hosted a news conference on Jan. 18 at the National Atomic Testing Museum in Las Vegas, to discuss a recent experiment involving a new power source that could provide the safe, efficient and plentiful energy needed for future robotic and human space exploration missions. Representatives from NASA, the National Nuclear Security Administration’s (NNSA’s) Los Alamos National Laboratory and Nevada National Security Site (NNSS) discussed and took questions from the media on the Kilopower project, which aims to demonstrate space fission power systems technology that has the potential to enable future crewed surface missions to the Moon, Mars and beyond. Testing began in November 2017 and is expected to continue through March.

"The Kilopower Project and Future of Nuclear Powered Space Travel" by Patrick McClure
Dr. David Poston - Small Nuclear Reactors for Mars - 21st Annual Mars Society Convention

Dr. David Poston, Los Alamos Nat’l Laboratory NASA Kilopower Project From the 21st Annual International Mars Society Convention, held at the Pasadena Convention Center in Southern California from Aug 23-26, 2018. The four-day International Mars Society Convention brings together leading scientists, engineers, aerospace industry representatives, government policymakers and journalists to talk about the latest scientific discoveries, technological advances and political-economic developments that could help pave the way for a human mission to the planet Mars.

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