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Program Update
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Feb 8, 2021

INL, along with the Department of Energy and NASA would like to thank all who provided comments on the Fission Surface Power draft Request for Proposal that was released for industry feedback in December of 2020. The feedback provided has been valuable to informing this exciting project. The comments received will require additional time to be incorporated; at this time, the release of the final RFP is not expected until after February.

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BATTELLE ENERGY ALLIANCE AND NASA TAKE NEXT STEP IN SEARCH FOR INDUSTRY PARTNERS TO DESIGN NUCLEAR POWER SYSTEM FOR MOON

INL News Release
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Dec 22, 2020

IDAHO FALLS, Idaho – Battelle Energy Alliance, LLC (BEA), the managing and operating contractor for the U.S. Department of Energy’s Idaho National Laboratory (INL), and NASA are seeking feedback from leaders in the nuclear and space industries to develop innovative technologies for a fission surface power (FSP) system that can be operated on the moon. Following up on the request for information issued in July, BEA released a draft request for proposal (RFP) to solicit industry feedback to inform a final RFP that will be released in February. The draft RFP can be viewed here. Responses are sought by Jan. 22, 2021.

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DECISION MADE TO DELAY THE RELEASE OF THE FISSION SURFACE POWER REQUEST FOR PROPOSALS

Program Release
Oct 22, 2020

Update—The decision has been made to delay the release of the Fission Surface Power Request for Proposals (RFP).  INL now plans on releasing a draft RFP by mid-November for industry feedback.  This revised schedule will help to decouple the timing of the planned RFPs for Space Nuclear Propulsion and Fission Surface Power and allow companies to be responsive to both requests.  Pending the availability of funding, the final RFP for Fission Surface Power is now planned for release in January 2021.  Thank you for your continued interest and support.  Additional details will be available on this website as they become available.

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BATTELLE ENERGY ALLIANCE SEEKS INDUSTRY PARTNERS TO DESIGN NUCLEAR POWER SYSTEM FOR MOON

INL News Release
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
July 24, 2020

IDAHO FALLS, Idaho – Battelle Energy Alliance, LLC (BEA), the managing and operating contractor for the U.S. Department of Energy’s Idaho National Laboratory (INL), is seeking information from leaders in the nuclear and space industries to develop innovative technologies for a fission surface power (FSP) system that can be operated on the moon. The request for information can be viewed here. Responses are sought by Sept. 8. After receiving responses, INL will issue a request for proposal.

Read full article here.

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REQUEST FOR INFORMATION FOR FISSION SURFACE POWER(FSP)

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All Dates/Times are: (UTC-04:00) EASTERN STANDARD TIME, NEW YORK, USA

Original Published Date: Jul 23, 2020 04:35 pm EDT

Original Response Date: Sep 08, 2020 05:00 pm EDT

Introduction A reliable, durable energy source is a crucial element to enable the long-duration exploration of space and allow sustainable human presence in the harsh space environment.  Battelle Energy Alliance, LLC (BEA), management and operating contractor of the Idaho National Laboratory, in collaboration with the Department of Energy (DOE) and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), puts forth this request for information (RFI) on innovative technologies and approaches for preliminary designs of a fission surface power (FSP) system to test and validate operation on the Moon.

Read entire document here.

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