As part of NASA’s Artemis Program, it is aimed to establish a base on the Moon around 2030.
Scientists from the University of Bangor in Wales have developed nuclear cells as small as a poppy seed to make life on base possible.
The technology developed by the university in partnership with Rolls Royce, the UK Space Agency and Los Alamos National Laboratory in the USA makes the entire nuclear power plant the size of a car.
The Moon, which can also be used as a stop on the journey to Mars, has many resources necessary for modern technologies.
The on-site use of these resources may make it easier to travel from there to other planets.
prof. Middleburgh said they will test all aspects of nuclear fuel in the coming months.
Since there is no atmosphere on the moon, the air temperature drops to -248 degrees.
The nuclear fuel developed by the university and named Trisofuel will be used in the micro nuclear power plant to be produced by Rolls Royce.
prof. Middleburgh said it is possible for this power plant to be loaded on a rocket and taken to the Moon.
How the power plant will be affected by the effects of pressure, shaking and acceleration in space travel will be understood with the tests carried out in the coming period.
Another team from Bangor University is developing nuclear propulsion sources for space rockets.
The head of the team, Dr. Phylis Makurunje explained that their new system provides a very strong thrust and that the journey to Mars, which is longer than 9 months with current technologies, will thus be reduced to 6 months.