The new increase in the company’s research framework is a new milestone for a previous Rolls-Royce study funded by the UK Space Agency early in 2022, worth $303,495. With the current support, the company hopes so
By 2029, a prototype of a modular microreactor will be ready, which can later be transported to the Moon.
In a March 17 press release, Rolls-Royce and the British Space Agency said the program could eventually help “develop technology to provide the energy we need for the people living and working on the moon.”
Further research will focus on three critical areas of a microreactor: heat generation, heat transfer, and the conversion of heat into usable energy.
Rolls-Royce’s innovative research could lay the foundation for continued human presence on the Moon
Paul Butt, CEO of the UK Space Agency, said in a company press release. The company also collaborates with the University of Oxford, Bangor University, the University of Brighton and the University of Sheffield Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre.
Right now, the majority of spaceflight is conducted using solar energy, but new research may make a breakthrough in this as well. Because using a nuclear energy source could enable missions that are more diverse and less dependent on sunlight, he writes Space.com.
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