The Return of Nuclear-Powered Rockets

The atomic energy sector has seen little advancement since its introduction, especially in the United States. That may change, however, as NASA has partnered with BWXT Nuclear Energy Inc to pick up where atomic rockets left off in the ’70s. The agency seeks a reactor and special fuel from the energy company. to be used in a nuclear-thermal propulsion engine that could cut the time to Mars in half. Beyond that, NASA does see atomic technology as an option for powering colonies on the red planet. For this, they’re working with the Department of Energy on “a space-ready nuclear fission reactor, known as Kilopower,” according to Bloomberg, where you can read more.