Illustration of a nuclear fission power system on Mars.

Battelle Energy Alliance, contractor for the U.S. Department of Energy’s Idaho National Laboratory, and NASA have selected three proposals from businesses to design a nuclear power system for moon-based missions.

INL announced the selected contractors in a Tuesday news release. The goal of the project is to design a fission surface power project which demonstrates a 40 kilowatt-electric nuclear reactor on the moon by the end of the decade.

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