Plutonium-238 supply project — Additional processing enabling power for future NASA missions

For more than five decades, Radioisotope Power Systems (RPSs) have enabled space missions to operate in locations where the Sun's intensity is either too dim, obscured, or otherwise inadequate for solar power or other conventional power-generation technologies. The natural decay of the radioisotope plutonium-238 (238Pu) provides the heat source used by an… CONTINUE READING