NASA is developing nuclear reactors for the surface of the moon and Mars, and it recently tested one using nuclear weapons-grade uranium, despite U.S. nonproliferation policy to eliminate civilian use of such material worldwide. This symposium aims to promote debate on space reactor fuel before NASA makes a decision that could have significant security, economic and political consequences.
Scheduled speakers include:
- Rep. Bill Foster (D-IL), U.S. House of Representatives, House Committee on Science, Space & Technology
- Jeffrey A. Sheehy, NASA, Chief Engineer, Space Technology Mission Directorate
- Jericho Locke and Bhavya Lal, Science and Technology Policy Institute
- Paolo Venneri, CEO/Director, USNC-Space
- Vanessa Clark and William Kowalski, CEO and COO, Atomos Nuclear and Space
- Steven Howe, Howe Industries
- Jeffrey C. King, Associate Professor, Colorado School of Mines
- Edwin Lyman, Senior Scientist, Union of Concerned Scientists
- Alan J. Kuperman, Associate Professor, LBJ School of Public Affairs, University of Texas at Austin
The event is free, but registration is required. For further details and to register, please see: https://space-nuclear.eventbrite.com.
This event is organized by the Nuclear Proliferation Prevention Project (NPPP.) The NPPP engages in research, debate and public education to ensure that civilian applications of nuclear technology do not foster the spread of nuclear weapons to states or terrorist groups — and is based at the LBJ School of Public Affairs at The University of Texas at Austin: www.NPPP.org.