ASCENDxNuclear: Nuclear’s Future Role in Space 7 September 2022 1400 - 1530 (Eastern Daylight Time) Virtual

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The growing worldwide desire for a long-term sustainable human presence on the moon, emerging DoD capability needs, and the desire to send humans to Mars in the next 10–20 years may usher in a new Space Age that includes nuclear reactor-powered propulsion and power. Join industry leaders and the greater ASCEND community as we discuss nuclear’s future role in space.

Nuclear power and propulsion technologies have been explored since the dawn of the Space Age. Originally fueled by the Space Race, activities were primarily in the United States and the USSR, the two big nuclear powers at that time. Since then, challenges in funding, safety, policy, and treaties have impeded the progression and maturity of most of these technologies for space applications.

Recent technology advancements, along with political/world changes relative to space, are creating new opportunities and needed capabilities. Join experts from the space industry and government entities to hear about the exciting possibilities that nuclear energy could enable for the new Space Age. Learn about the most recent advancements, programs, and activities in the space nuclear arena, specifically propulsion and power technologies.

EXAMINE the current environment for nuclear systems and applications in space.

DISCOVER ongoing efforts and activities for these promising technologies, as well as future developments and anticipated benefits.

EXPLORE safety, geopolitical, and economic implications.

IDENTIFY government and industry challenges.

Throughout the year, the ASCENDx Series accelerates momentum toward the October ASCEND apex event. The content-driven online schedule features original webinars, collaborative workshops, and comprehensive summits on current topics of interest to professionals, students, entrepreneurs, and enthusiasts.