Some aspects of the possibility of building a nuclear power plant on the Moon

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The problem of space exploration is a priority in the development of any large state, because it solves the problems of future technological progress. Obviously, such development is not possible without a stable energy source directly in outer space. Materials of this work are devoted to a conceptual study of the possibility of building a stationary nuclear power plant (NPP) on the Moon. A review of open sources of information on the availability of already existing or under development nuclear power plants capable of operating in the “Lunar environment,” as well as meeting the requirements of safe operation and future utilization, selected specific models of heavy and superheavy-class carrier rockets (existing and conceptual) with the ability to transport payloads of 10 tons or more to the Moon. Based on the analysis of data on reactor plants and information on operating and construction conditions on the Moon, a conceptual solution of “reusable” enclosing structure of stationary NPP on the Moon, which serves as protection from falling space bodies, radiation and solar radiation, is formed. The main principal concepts of the stages of construction, operation and utilization of a stationary NPP on the Moon are presented. The problems of creation, development and utilization of stationary sources of nuclear energy in the absence of atmosphere (space), existing at the moment and requiring investigation during the nearest decade, are shown.

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Vyacheslav V. Belov

Moscow State University of Civil Engineering (National Research University)

ORCID iD: 0000-0002-6246-6100

Candidate of Technical Sciences, Associate Professor of the Department of Construction of Thermal and Atomic Power Industry Facilities

26 Yaroslavskoe Shosse, Moscow, 129337, Russian Federation

Svetlana A. Sazonova

Moscow State University of Civil Engineering (National Research University)

Author for correspondence.
ORCID iD: 0000-0003-4025-2053

student, Department of Construction of Thermal and Atomic Power Industry Facilities

26 Yaroslavskoe Shosse, Moscow, 129337, Russian Federation


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