US military wants to demonstrate new nuclear power systems in space by 2027

Add the Defense Innovation Unit to a growing list of US government organizations accelerating their work in nuclear energy.

The organization, which aims to prepare the military for use of emerging commercial products, announced two prototype contracts on May 17 “to demonstrate next-generation nuclear propulsion and energy capability for spacecraft.” The ultimate goal is an orbital flight demonstration in 2027, DIU officials said in a statement (opens in new tab)

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