Months-long testing began in the month of November last year at the energy Nevada National Security Site. The testing began with the intent to provide energy for future astronaut and robotic missions in space and on the surface of Mars, the moon or other solar system destinations, according to a report.
Sounds like the Russian megawatt-class propulsion project. Similarly, a collaboration between Rosatom and Roscosmos.Additionally, the Kilopower team believes the technology could be applicable to multiple NASA missions.
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While Rosatom&aposs representatives haven&apost gone into detail about how the technology will work, it&aposs likely to be some form of thermal fission, where the heat of splitting atoms are used to burn hydrogen or another chemical, providing propulsion for the spaceship. It&aposs similar in principle to chemical propulsion, where one chemical (the oxidiser) burns another (the propellant) to power a vehicle along.