What happened? The Department of Defense's Defense Innovation Unit (DIU) is asking private companies to submit proposals for advanced nuclear propulsion technologies that can be used to enhance the Department of Defense's upcoming space missions.
The Pentagon said in a statement that current electric and solar propulsion systems are not suitable for missions beyond Earth orbit, nor are they compatible with the growing shrinkage of next-generation spacecraft. Thus, an advanced propulsion system that makes significant changes in the speed and electric power of charges, while also being cost-effective in fuel consumption, is essential. They are currently working on developing power systems based on propulsion and fission. However, DIU DIU partners prefer to use mature commercial technology that can be used in the short term.
Interested parties are asked to fill out a submission form on the DIU website to receive the ball. From there, they should provide a solution summary of five pages or less and slide pages of 15 or less. Answers must be submitted by September 23, 2021.
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