U.S. President Donald Trump signed a directive on the use of nuclear energy in space. This is according to a statement on the White House website.
“The Sixth Space Policy Directive deals with the development and use of space nuclear power plants during space missions and lunar exploration. They will begin to be used when other sources of energy – such as sunlight or chemical fuels – are insufficient. The purpose of the directive is “to promote U.S. dominance and strategic leadership in space.”
RIA Novosti citing NASA head Jim Bridenstein wrote that thanks to the directive, the agency will be able to develop nuclear systems that will allow “to ensure operation in other worlds” and “power future manned missions to Mars.”
Washington commits to safety measures in the development of nuclear facilities.