- Press Release
- Sep 27, 2022
Feasibility of Future Nuclear-Powered Spacecraft Not Yet Known
NASA should commission detailed mission studies to examine the feasibility, performance, cost, and complexity of using nuclear-powered spacecraft for future robotic and human missions, says a new report from the National Research Council. Although nuclear power appears to have significant advantages for a variety of exploration missions, NASA should determine first if the required technologies are fast, efficient, safe, and affordable, the report says.
Committee on Priorities for Space Science Enabled by Nuclear Power and Propulsion, National Research Council