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Special Issue "Advanced Space Nuclear Reactors"

A special issue of Energies (ISSN 1996-1073). This special issue belongs to the section "B4: Nuclear Energy".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (30 November 2023) | Viewed by 159

Special Issue Editor

Georgia Institute of Technology, G. W. Woodruff School of Mechanical Engineering, Nuclear and Rediological Engineering Program, North Ave NW, Atlanta, GA 30332, USA
Interests: reactor phycics; fuel cycles; reactor engineering; multiphysics
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Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

During the last few years, we have seen a strong push towards developing base power sources for nuclear applications in space as well as nuclear engines to support space transits. For example, fission surface power is robust and reliable regardless of the deployed environment, such as the Moon or Mars. An additional example is nuclear propulsion technology, which has the potential for future crewed missions to Mars. This technology is expected to enable reduced interplanetary travel times, which could increase the crew's safety by reducing exposure to cosmic radiation and other hazards of deep space travel. There are ongoing activities by NASA and the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), who are assisted by multiple industry partners and national labs, to demonstrate this technology in the next decade.

This Special Issue of Energies on “Advanced Space Nuclear Reactors” is focused on existing and novel designs related to the advancement of nuclear reactor applications in space. The focus is on the designs, applications, and methodologies to support the deployment of these advanced systems.

Topics include, but are not limited to, the following research topics:

  • Fission surface power;
  • Nuclear thermal propulsion;
  • Nuclear electric propulsion;
  • Demonstration Rocket for Agile Cislunar Operations;
  • Advancements in radioisotope thermoelectric generator;
  • Computational tools to support the development and licensing of nuclear space systems.

Manuscripts addressing combinations of computational tools with design challenges are also welcome.

Dr. Dan Kotlyar
Guest Editor

Manuscript Submission Information

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Submitted manuscripts should not have been published previously, nor be under consideration for publication elsewhere (except conference proceedings papers). All manuscripts are thoroughly refereed through a single-blind peer-review process. A guide for authors and other relevant information for submission of manuscripts is available on the Instructions for Authors page. Energies is an international peer-reviewed open access semimonthly journal published by MDPI.

Please visit the Instructions for Authors page before submitting a manuscript. The Article Processing Charge (APC) for publication in this open access journal is 2600 CHF (Swiss Francs). Submitted papers should be well formatted and use good English. Authors may use MDPI's English editing service prior to publication or during author revisions.


  • space nuclear
  • nuclear propulsion (NTP and NEP)
  • radioisotope thermoelectric generator (RTG)
  • fission surface power.

Published Papers

There is no accepted submissions to this special issue at this moment.
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