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SPRINTR

A nuclear thermal rocket for manned exploration of Mars, the Moon, or space colonization.

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OUR STORY

While some look up into the sky and wonder why we are here, Howe Industries wonders how to reach the furthest parts of space. In order to reach our next destination we are currently researching new and exciting technologies related to advanced power generation methods and space propulsion. Through our nuclear power research and development not only can far away planets become neighbors but clean energy can be used to power homes, businesses, and potentially whole cities. 

OUR VISION

It is the goal of Howe Industries to work to develop these space based power systems, which includes radioisotope fueled systems and reactor based systems. In order to take the human race further than previously thought possible.

Dr. Troy Howe, PhD
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Dr. Steve Howe, PhD
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AWARDS

2020

NASA NIAC Phase I - HI-POWER - A High Irradiance Peltier Operated Tungsten Exo-Reflector

2020

NIAC Phase I - Pulsed Plasma Rocket - Shielded, Fast Transits for Humans to Mars

2020

NASA NIAC Phase II - SPEAR Probe - A Swarm-Probe Enabling ATEG Reactor

2019 
NSF SBIR Phase I - ThermaSat - A Solar Thermal CubeSat Propulsion System 

 

2019

NASA NIAC Phase I - SPEAR Probe - An Ultra Lightweight Nuclear Electric Propulsion Probe for Deep Space Exploration 

 

​2017
NASA SBIR Phase I - Fuel Element for an Affordable NTR​

PUBLICATIONS

N. D. Jerred, T. M. Howe, S. D. Howe, A. Rajguru, Radioisotope-Driven Dual-Mode Propulsion System for CubeSat-Scale Payloads to the Outer Planets, Nuclear and Emerging Technologies for Space (NETS), 2015 
 
N.D. Jerred, T.M. Howe, A. Rajguru, S.D. Howe, Radioisotope-Based Propulsion System Enabling Exploration with Small Payloads, Nuclear and Emerging Technologies for Space (NETS), 2014 
 
N. D. Jerred, T. M. Howe, S. D. Howe, A. Rajguru, Dual-Mode Propulsion System Enabling Cubesat Exploration Of The Solar System, NASA Innovative Advanced Concepts (NIAC) Phase I: Final Report, 2014 
 
T. M. Howe, R. C. O’Brien, C. M. Stoots, Development of a Small-Scale Radioisotope ThermoPhotovoltaic Power Source, Nuclear and Emerging Technologies for Space (NETS), 2012

Articles

Optics & Photonics News:

    Company Eyes “Steampunk” Propulsion for CubeSats

Universe Today, Space and astronomy news:

    A Steampunk Engine to Solve Your Satellite Woes!

New Atlas, Space:

    ThermaSat design would see CubeSats propelled by jets of steam

digitaltrends:

    It may sound rediculous, but the future of satellites could be steam-powered

Fredzone, Sciences:

    ET SI ON METTAIT UN PEU DE STEAMPUNK DANS NOS SATELLITES ?

 

Official ThermaSat Press Release Download:

    

    

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