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NASA MEDIA BFG ON KILOPOWER PROJECT, Jan 18, 2018, Las Vegas, NV, 12:00 pm ET (audiocast)

NASA will hold a media briefing on January 18, 2018 at 12:00 pm ET (9:00 am local time) at the National Atomic Testing Museum in Las Vegas, NV to “discuss a recent experiment involving a new power source that could provide the safe, efficient and plentiful energy needed for future robotic and human space exploration missions.”  It is the Kilopower project to demonstrate fission power systems technology.  Testing began in November 2017 as part of NASA’s Space Technology Mission Directorate’s (STMD’s) Game Changing Development program.

Participants in the briefing are:

  • Steve Jurczyk, associate administrator of NASA’s Space Technology Mission Directorate
  • Angela Chambers, manager of the Department of Energy’s Nuclear Criticality Safety Program
  • Mark Martinez, president of Mission Support and Test Services, LLC, which manages and operates the Nevada National Security Site for the NNSA
  • Janet Kavandi, director of NASA’s Glenn Research Center
  • Lee Mason, NASA’s principal technologist for power and energy storage
  • Pat McClure, Kilopower project lead at Los Alamos
  • Marc Gibson, Kilopower lead engineer at Glenn Research Center
  • Dave Poston, chief reactor designer at Los Alamos

Audio of the briefing and associated slides will be webcast at the NASA Live website.


January 18, 2018
12:00 pm - 11:00 pm