Concerns about the reliability of commercial-off-the-shelf capacitors, each of which cost just $5, and that the Department of Energy had been planning to use in two future nuclear warhead designs will delay both programs by at least a year and a half and could result in up to a whopping $850 million in additional costs.
It usually takes the Navy around 5 months to build even the smallest submarines to ferry Navy SEALs into and out of combat zones — but thanks to new technology, the Navy”s most elite warfighters could slap together a submersible hull in just a few weeks. That’s the promise behind the Optionally Manned Technology Demonstrator
NASA and the US Department of Energy have developed a new nuclear fission reactor design for space applications, the Kilopower. NASA successfully conducted testing and demonstration of the Kilopower system during November 2017 to March 2018 testing at the DOE National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) Nevada National Security Site. This moves the reactor one step