Rolls-Royce has unveiled a concept model of a micronuclear reactor intended for the moon.
This project, supported by a £2.9 million contract from the UK Space Agency, aims to provide a reliable power source for future lunar colonies.
Rolls-Royce plans to have a reactor ready for the moon by the early 2030s, with the technology showcasing benefits for both space and Earth.
Micronuclear reactors are scaled-down versions, generating less than 50 megawatts of electric power.
The long-term goal is to establish lunar colonies for extended astronaut stays, requiring reliable energy sources for various activities.