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US Air Force Lockheed to Make Simple, Safe and Cheap Nuclear Electric Power in Space

• by Brian Wang

JETSON will use a fission reactor that generates heat, which is then transferred to Stirling engines to produce between 6 kWe and 20 kWe of electricity – four times the power of conventional solar arrays without the need to be in continuous sunlight. The reactor draws heavily from the design and lessons of the 2018 Kilopower Reactor Using Stirling Technology (KRUSTY) demonstration led by NASA and the DoE's National Nuclear Security Administration.

The reactor does nothing until the the start-stop plug is placed into the rest of the uranium. There is no nuclear activity until that happens. Once the start-stop plug is in place then there is just enough nuclear material for the desired amount of electricity production. The heat becomes electricity via heat pipes and a stirling engine.