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Every bit helps. Just as the flightless reactor led to a way to get humanity to Mars, you're helping to lift Beyond NERVA off the ground.

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As more resources became available, the design of the nuclear propulsion systems advanced. This is what you're doing for Beyond NERVA!

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The engine that could have taken us to Mars in the 1980s, XE-PRIME demonstrated that NERVA could truly fly. This is what you make possible for Beyond NERVA with this contribution.

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Nuclear powered spacecraft have been a dream since the early days of spaceflight, and as people become interested once again in expanding into the solar system, attention is turning to this powerful and efficient concept once again.

Sadly, it is difficult to find easily accessible information on the engines and power systems that can make this dream into a reality. Most websites only offer a brief overview of the concepts, without going into the details of how they work. Those that do go into detail are difficult to navigate, or stack many related but different concepts into long, difficult-to-reference pages.

Beyond NERVA aims to change that. For almost a year, I have been posting 2-3 blog posts a month on various different systems, starting with NASA's new Kilopower system and the Low Enriched Uranium Nuclear Thermal Propulsion system that is meant to power the upcoming crewed mission to Mars. I've also been looking into the history of nuclear power and propulsion, the fundamental concepts behind these systems, and the possibilities that are offered by this incredibly broad and diverse topic, but I've barely been able to scratch the surface. Since then, I've been working on expanding the web page, blog, and social media presence of Beyond NERVA to make this technology more accessible for more people. 

Now, we're expanding! I have been learning how to create custom visuals and animations for the website for almost a year, with the goal of eventually expanding into a YouTube channel as well with in-depth beginner's videos on the fundamental concepts and systems, and these efforts are beginning to bear fruit. The webpage is expanding, with pages on everything from overviews of various technologies to the test stands and experiments needed to make these engines a reality. The blog posts are moving past the current systems and into the realm of what's possible, not just what's being done. All of these things take a lot of time, though, and in order to continue expanding the website there are financial costs to take into account.

This is where you come in! I've got bills to pay, and my ability to pay them is taking me away from developing the blog and website to the point it should be, much less where I know I can get it! Some of the subscription level benefits are either still in the works, or are available whenever YOU subscribe to them, but I'm looking forward to doing monthly Q&A vid chats for all Patreon levels, as well as voting rights on what I cover next on the blog!

If you value high-quality information, including original information from various experts in the field, please consider donating to the cause. The more support I'm able to receive, the more content I'll be able to produce.
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At this contribution level, the YouTube channel can be launched and maintained. Many of the pieces are already in place, but the time needed to begin to actually produce the videos, and some of the equipment and software needed, still need to be acquired. 
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