3 companies will demonstrate
their potential to power lunar infrastructure using nuclear fission systems, under new joint NASA contracts
NASA selected 3 design
concept proposals that the government hopes could be ready for use on the moon by the end of the 2020s
NASA also sees these contracts
valued at $5 million each, as potentially useful for the exploration of Mars and other deeper-space destinations.
The selected teams are
led by Lockheed Martin, Westinghouse and IX (a joint venture of Intuitive Machines and X-Energy).
Aim is to provide NASA
critical information from industry that can lead to a joint development of a full flight-certified fission power system
These are Phase 1 awards
NASA did not outline in the press release what the timeline would be for a Phase 2 contract
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