Hyperion Power Generation's mini nuclear reactors - 1.5 by 2.5 metres in size, powerful enough to provide 20,000 homes with power for a decade
Saturday, December 05, 2009
A nuclear battery of this kind is only useful for unmanned exploration at the moment, since all of the potential manned destinations we are looking at are ripe with solar energy. Even the Moon's 14-day night is irrelevant right now since the only area we will be colonizing in the beginning will be the nearly permanently lit areas at the south pole. But for a long-term mission to a moon like Europa, Enceladus or Titan, or the outer planets Ouranos (Uranus) or Neptune something like this would be necessary.
Scheduled release date for these mini reactors: 2013.