National University Consortium

National University Consortium

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.

INL Lead
Steve Howe of the Center for Space Nuclear Research

University Lead
Andy Klein, Oregon State University


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Department of energy

DOE Office of Nuclear Energy
DOE-Idaho Office