Power Transmission for USNC’s Lunar Nuclear Reactor

Distributing Power Across the Moon

NASA is preparing to build a permanent human settlement on the moon, which requires sustainable power in places where solar power is not an option. Ultra Safe Nuclear Corporation (USNC) is working on a low-enriched uranium fission reactor, dubbed the Pylon, to generate up to 1 MW of electrical output on the lunar surface. The reactor will use USNC’s Fully Ceramic Micro-encapsulated (FCM) uranium fuel pellets, 2.3 cm x 2.5 cm pellets that contain thousands of small uranium particles.

Second Order Effects (SOE) helped USNC by researching and writing a white paper on the viable options on how to transmit power on the moon.

Rendering of USNC’s FCM fuel pellets.
  • What brought SOE: Idea
  • Industry: Energy
  • Years Active: 2021