Nuclear thermal propulsion is an emerging area of space propulsion technology that could enable faster deep space missions compared to chemical rockets. In 2021, NASA and the Department of Energy awarded three one-year contracts for the development of conceptual rocket designs. This panel will explore the current and future landscape for nuclear thermal propulsion.


  • Matt Swartz (BWXT)
  • Ethan Chaleff (USNC)
  • Ron Faibish (GA)
  • Chris Garrett (NASA)


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