The Fission Surface Power (FSP) Technology Maturation webinar series will kick off on Tuesday, December 13. This quarterly webinar series will provide technical details of the current FSP technology maturation efforts at Idaho National Laboratory and Los Alamos National Laboratory.
Battelle Energy Alliance, contractor for the U.S. Department of Energy’s Idaho National Laboratory (INL), and NASA have selected proposals to design a fission surface power system for lunar power applications. The FSP project is sponsored by NASA in collaboration with the Department of the Energy and INL to demonstrate a 40 kilowatt-electric nuclear reactor on the moon by the end of the decade.
INL, along with the Department of Energy and NASA would like to thank all who provided comments on the Fission Surface Power draft Request for Proposal that was released for industry feedback in December of 2020. The feedback provided has been valuable to informing this exciting project. The comments received will require additional time to be incorporated; at this time, the release of the final RFP is not expected until after February.
IDAHO FALLS, Idaho – Battelle Energy Alliance, LLC (BEA), the managing and operating contractor for the U.S. Department of Energy’s Idaho National Laboratory (INL), and NASA are seeking feedback from leaders in the nuclear and space industries to develop innovative technologies for a fission surface power (FSP) system that can be operated on the moon. Following up on the request for information issued in July, BEA released a draft request for proposal (RFP) to solicit industry feedback to inform a final RFP that will be released in February. The draft RFP can be viewed here. Responses are sought by Jan. 22, 2021.
Update—The decision has been made to delay the release of the Fission Surface Power Request for Proposals (RFP). INL now plans on releasing a draft RFP by mid-November for industry feedback. This revised schedule will help to decouple the timing of the planned RFPs for Space Nuclear Propulsion and Fission Surface Power and allow companies to be responsive to both requests. Pending the availability of funding, the final RFP for Fission Surface Power is now planned for release in January 2021. Thank you for your continued interest and support. Additional details will be available on this website as they become available.
IDAHO FALLS, Idaho – Battelle Energy Alliance, LLC (BEA), the managing and operating contractor for the U.S. Department of Energy’s Idaho National Laboratory (INL), is seeking information from leaders in the nuclear and space industries to develop innovative technologies for a fission surface power (FSP) system that can be operated on the moon. The request for information can be viewed here. Responses are sought by Sept. 8. After receiving responses, INL will issue a request for proposal.Read full article here.
Introduction A reliable, durable energy source is a crucial element to enable the long-duration exploration of space and allow sustainable human presence in the harsh space environment. Battelle Energy Alliance, LLC (BEA), management and operating contractor of the Idaho National Laboratory, in collaboration with the Department of Energy (DOE) and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), puts forth this request for information (RFI) on innovative technologies and approaches for preliminary designs of a fission surface power (FSP) system to test and validate operation on the Moon.Read entire document here.