Leveraging the benefits of Atomos-developed nuclear-electric propulsion technologies, our fleet of spacecraft will provide in-space transportation services, moving other spacecraft to where they need to be and maintaining the orbital environment. We believe heavy-duty, long-duration space operations can only be enabled and sustained by robust and safe nuclear power technologies and a stable, scalable in-space transportation infrastructure.
Spacecraft capabilities are severely limited by available consumables, including propellant. Electric engines can improve reaction mass efficiency, but such thrusters consume the scarce electrical power. Coupling Atomos’ reactors to plasma thrusters significantly extends operational lifetimes without compromising transfer speed.
Electrical power in space is a limited commodity. High power applications require tens of square meters of solar panels, which are cumbersome and scale poorly with power. Atomos reactors offer order-of-magnitude expansions to spacecraft power budgets with the ability to scale power levels even higher.
Transfer times for deep space missions are prohibitively long for many commercial applications and human spaceflight. Atomos’ nuclear electric propulsion architecture, when scaled for high-mass and long-distance operations, can outperform solar, chemical, and nuclear thermal propulsion technologies.
The Atomos founders have backgrounds in and out of the space industry at startups and companies that have grown to become some of the most influential players in the global aerospace industry. Our team has established experience on programs like the Megawatt Highly Efficient Technologies for Space Power and Propulsion Systems for Long-duration Exploration Missions (MEGAHIT, DLR), the Orion Multi-Purpose Crew Vehicle (MPCV, NASA), Space Based Infrared System (SBIRS, Lockheed Martin), Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellite (GOES-R, S, T, U, Lockheed Martin), Mobile User Objective System (MUOS, Lockheed Martin), and many other similar high-value, complex systems. The successful exploration and development of space will require commercial, civil, and military perspectives alike.
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