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 furthering their work in nuclear power in pace.

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

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