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The dark fission nuclear thermal rocket
Ultralightweight. Powerful. Efficient.
The cislunar volume is immense. Transiting it requires both high thrust and substantial fuel efficiency. Transiting it repeatedly – to establish reliable ferry services – demands a lightweight solution which only Dark Fission can provide.
The Time Is Right
The cost of access to low orbit continues to fall. We are focusing on how to leverage this market trend and open the entire cislunar regime to commercial use.
Geosynchronous Earth Orbit (GEO) is a mature market and domain with unique features. It is not going away – and Dark Fission’s nuclear thermal rocket will make GEO a more attractive place to operate than ever before…
Dark Fission is poised to take the next step into the cosmos.
In five years, we plan to launch an orbital demonstration vehicle powered by a nuclear thermal rocket. It will forever change how we think about moving around in space.
Deep Experience Base
Dark Fission’s founding team and engineering staff have been building and flying space systems for many years. We know what works, and what doesn’t.
A Technology With Heritage
We are building on decades of development in nuclear systems and space propulsion.
A Cislunar Highway System
We are designing the Dark Fission engine to take advantage of the orbital “terrain’ of the Earth-Moon system. We want to get you where you are going quickly, at low cost.
Begin with a simple demo.
Our engineering philosophy draws from our experiences in designing, assembling, testing, and flying complex space systems. Focus on a basic “proof of principle” experiment, then improve. We aim to fly our first orbital transfer vehicle within five years.
Why a nuclear thermal rocket (NTR)?
The NTR’s outstanding performance enables “standard paths” and transport nodes throughout the Earth-Moon system. We intend to create and operate the cislunar equivalent of transcontinental railroads – not a logistically-challenged Pony Express.
Dr. Fred Kennedy
Chief Executive Officer
Longtime space systems developer and innovator. Stood up the DoD’s Space Development Agency in 2019.
Accomplished nuclear engineer, industry leader, and builder of cutting-edge space system components.
Chief Operating Officer/Head of Development
Experienced launch system developer and operations lead. Versatile tech entrepreneur and space system manufacturing expert.