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Rolls-Royce develops a nuclear reactor for future bases on the Moon


The British company seeks to generate the electricity that humans will use when they live on the Moon.

UK industrial group Rolls-Royce has announced it has received £2.9m funding from the British Space Agency to develop small nuclear reactors on future lunar bases.

"Rolls-Royce scientists and engineers are working on the

microjet program

to develop a technology that will provide the energy humans need to live and work on the Moon," the company said in a statement.

The group anticipates that a first reactor will be ready to

be sent to the Moon by 2029


It will be the size of a vehicle.

The micro nuclear reactors that Rolls-Royce manufactures are the size of a vehicle.

Photo: AFP

"Nuclear power has the potential to

considerably increase the duration of future lunar missions

and their scientific value," said Rolls-Royce, which will work with several British universities, including Oxford in the United Kingdom.

The funding comes on top of £249,000 from the British Space Agency announced in 2022. The aim is to enable the company to carry out a first demonstration of a lunar nuclear reactor.

Rolls-Royce is also developing

small modular reactors to produce electricity

as part of the UK's plans to speed up construction of new nuclear power plants on its soil.

The British space agency, which depends on the government,

recently failed in its first attempt to launch a rocket

into space, mounted on a Boeing 747 of the Virgin Orbit company.

The launch

was affected by an "anomaly"

that prevented the rocket from being put into orbit and was carried out within the framework of a consortium that brings together the British space agency and other companies.

The return of humans to the Moon would take place 50 years after the last mission of the Apollo Program.

NASA, the US space agency, announced in March that the

Artemis 2

space mission would carry a crew of astronauts around the satellite in 2024, for the first time since 1972.

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