Artist’s concept of a Bimodal Nuclear Thermal Rocket in low Earth orbit.
Credit: NASA


The nuclear power sector is seeing resurgence in innovation, supported by new policies and emerging technologies.

BWX Technologies, Inc. (BWXT) is a major supplier of nuclear components and fuel to the U.S. government. As such, BWXT envisions a path forward in two of the U.S. government’s top priorities: space exploration and national security.

Compact nuclear reactor

BWXT is currently building a compact nuclear reactor for use by expeditionary crews on Mars and possibly even explore Jupiter’s moons by 2024.


Revolutions in nuclear reactors come at the optimal time as the great power competition evolves into space, according to BWXT.

Go to this story by Rathna Muralidharan — a program director at the Lexington Institute — with a focus on global security. Written for RealClearEnergy at:

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