Nuclear Space Technologies

Project Bifrost

Bifrost is accepting donations, and inquiries from interested donors can be submitted here.

1. Bifrost’s mission is to advance the agenda of nuclear propulsion (both fission (near term) and fusion (long term). We advocate on the Hill in Washington DC, promote international cooperation and an opening of dialogue with international colleagues (in particular with Russia), promote the safety and awareness of nuclear propulsion technology through the media, conduct basic research through our students and consultants, and are currently pursuing funding for demonstrator projects.

2. Bifrost supports the advancement of nuclear propulsion for the interstellar community. Nuclear fission propulsion is the most near-term, and is therefore the current focus of Bifrost. However, we also focus on fusion for interstellar – which is the ultimate goal, but in order to get there, we must crawl (with fission) before we can fly (with fusion) – both politically and technically.

3. Bifrost is currently organizing to conduct the following demonstrator projects, in the order of their readiness: a.) proof of concept borehole testing in Idaho, with Bifrost consultant Dr Howe (director of CSNR) (by spring 2013), b.) Decade Module 2 fusion research at Huntsville, AL. (you can read about it in popular mechanics). Experiments should be ready for preliminary tests by summer 2013. c.) reentry arc jet ablation testing at NASA Ames, using their 150 MW arc jet (by fall 2013).

Engineering Questions

Nuclear Space Technologies (NST)

Icarus NST Program – long term goal of tangible NST deliverables:

    1. RTGs 
    2. Nuclear Engines (Thermal and/or Electric)
    3. Partnership with the U.S. Government for Pulsed Nuclear Propulsion

 Short-term deliverables:

  1. Formation of the NST Program team
  2. Official partnerships and agreements with authorized NST facilities.
  3. Computational modeling and design of NSTs
  4. Submission of designs and concepts to the NST community for review

Nuclear Energy - Advantages:

  1. Specific energy yield from fission
  2. The energy process is a nuclear reaction, not a chemical process, potential for   no other energy carriers onboard.
  3. Potential for long-term operation on a single batch of fuel
  4. Potential autonomy of operation
  5. Emissions are limited to the controlled thermal pollution
  6. Ability to meet electricity, power and propulsion needs
  7. Synergy for integration between fusion and fission

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