Economic and efficient power for deep space applications for missions lasting 15 years and beyond.
- Space Utilities
- Resources - Energy
Nuclear Fission Power
- Nuclear Fission Power
- 4) Early stage
- First launch
Proposing to develop a small (5 to 10-MWe), utility power source, a Mini Modular Reactor with an integrated control and distribution system, appropriate for use in a variety of terrestrial surface and sub-surface applications. It uses a High Temperature Gas Reactor with proven TRISO fuel, a Nitrogen-Brayton Cycle power conversion system, and the associated controls.
- Our primary energy source is a Mini Modular Reactor (MMR) that is a 5 to 10 MWe High Temperature Gas (Helium) Cooled Reactor (HTGR) design that has been under development for 50+ years and operationally proven in the U.S., Japan, Germany and China. Two commercial power reactors operated in the U.S.; a new one is under construction in China. (TRL 9).
- The selected fuel form, TRISO ceramic-coated particles, both in cylindrical compacts and "pebble" forms, is well proven. It has been previously U.S. licensed, and is now commercially available for overseas markets. The TRISO fuel form in both configurations has been used worldwide in all HTGRs (TRL9).
- AGPower92's power conversion system is a nitrogen gas secondary loop driving a Brayton Cycle turbine generator which can be derived directly from current power and aviation combustion turbines since air is 78% nitrogen (TRL9).
- Exo-Planet (Mars/Lunar) for life support and in-situ resource utilization: We may employ a combination of underground heat pipes (TRL7) and surface radiators based on the circumstances of the deployment.