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Nuclear Power for Deep-Space Missions March 6

David Dixon, graduate teaching associate in nuclear engineering, will present “Nuclear Power for Deep-Space Missions” at the next UT Science Forum Friday, March 6.

Dixon conceived and led the development of the DUFF experiment–the first to produce electricity for long-endurance space missions that used nuclear fission, heat pipes and Stirling engines.  It went from concept to operation in only 6 months. In his presentation, Dixon will discuss why and how he and his colleagues developed the experiment and more recent developments in the Kilopower program.

The presentation will take place in the Thompson-Boling Arena Cafe, Rooms C-D from 12 p.m. to 1 p.m. and includes a Q&A session afterwards. The UT Science Forum is free and open to the public.