Space Nuclear CORE
The Space Nuclear CORE is developing the technology and people needed to implement space nuclear power and propulsion applications and to position INL to become a major player in this field of research.
This CORE is concentrating on:
Developing the material fabrication and diagnostic technology so tungsten cermets can be used as a radioisotope encapsulation for a heat source materials and a nuclear reactor fuel for space propulsion and electrical power systems applications
Designing a Mars Hopper from the conceptual stages through electrically heated prototype for testing at INL
Building a workforce with the skills to pursue fuel fabrication, ground testing, and design of nuclear thermal rockets.
Steve Howe of the Center for Space Nuclear Research
Andy Klein, Oregon State University