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    Suitcase Sized Reactor May Aid in Space Exploration

    Humans might not be living on Mars or the moon anytime soon, but scientists might have just overcome one major hurdle on the route to interplanetary habitation: electricity.

    Scientists at the U.S. Department of Energy's Idaho National Laboratory have designed a suitcase-sized nuclear plant that can power up to eight normal-sized homes. Thanks to its size and durability, the plant can provide fission power not only on Earth, but on the moon, on Mars, or any other place NASA requires a power generator.
    While most nuclear power plants generate hundreds or thousands of megawatts of electricity, this portable generator would create only 40 kilowatts. This smaller size is ideal for the type of conditions seen in space, said James Werner, lead researcher on the project.
    "Just taking it down to that size has a lot of significant differences," Werner told InnovationNewsDaily.
    The generator is more flexible and can be placed in craters or caves on uninhabited planets, for example. It is also exponentially less heavy than standard nuclear power plants, which Werner said is essential for a generator to work properly in space.
    NASA has envisioned several potential applications for the new power plants. They could power oxygen or hydrogen generators. They could also serve as charging devices for either manned or unmanned electric scouting vehicles.
    NASA overcomes hurdle in way of colonizing space - CBS News



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    Re: Suitcase Sized Reactor May Aid in Space Exploration

    Will this be released soon for tailgating purposes?



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    Re: Suitcase Sized Reactor May Aid in Space Exploration

    Quote Originally Posted by 3GenClone View Post
    Will this be released soon for tailgating purposes?
    HAHAHAHA!!!! This will launch the tailgating jumbotron wars. Every tent will be topped with something the size of the new scoreboard.




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    Re: Suitcase Sized Reactor May Aid in Space Exploration

    Getting closer to finishing my iron man suit.



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    Re: Suitcase Sized Reactor May Aid in Space Exploration

    Quote Originally Posted by bos View Post
    Getting closer to finishing my iron man suit.
    Exactly my first thought as well.



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    Re: Suitcase Sized Reactor May Aid in Space Exploration

    A suitcase sized reactor may also aid in TERRORISM.



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    Re: Suitcase Sized Reactor May Aid in Space Exploration

    Quote Originally Posted by ruxCYtable View Post
    A suitcase sized reactor may also aid in TERRORISM.
    Ooh... buzzkill




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    Re: Suitcase Sized Reactor May Aid in Space Exploration

    Quote Originally Posted by ruxCYtable View Post
    A suitcase sized reactor may also aid in TERRORISM.
    If we can't have our own jumbotrons while tailgating, the terrorists win.



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