China is getting closer to building a nuclear station on the Moon
China is stepping up its efforts to build a nuclear station – base on the Moon and new reports ensure that the Asian giant plans to make it a reality from 2028.
According to a report published on the Slash Gear website, citing a report from The Eurasian Times, this outlet confirms that the Chinese station on our natural satellite is very likely to be powered by nuclear power.
South China Morning Post (SCMP) reported that the nuclear power system It is designed to be capable of generating 1 megawatt of electrical power.
Additionally, two scientists working on the project told SCMP that designs for a prototype version of the machine had been created and some parts had already been built.
A more than ambitious project
By way of comparison, NASA, in collaboration with the Department of Energy, has awarded contracts for three design concepts to build a nuclear fission reactor that can generate 40 kilowatts of power, equivalent to 4% of China’s planned production and which can last at least 10 years in lunar conditions.
The nuclear reactor being developed by Chinese scientists It has an umbrella-shaped collapsible design to dissipate excess heat energy into the surrounding space, while liquid lithium will be used as a coolant..
However, functional design schematics for a nuclear power generation system at the Chinese lunar station have yet to be finalized.
Compared to conventional sources such as chemical energy and solar cells, nuclear power is perceived as the most viable energy source to maintain life support systems, power the rover, and extract resources for long-term exploratory missions, such as those planned for the Artemis project.