Black Mesa Advanced Fission
Black Mesa Advanced Fission is a newly formed, service disabled veteran owned (SDVOSB) nanoreactor and nuclear technology production company based in Rapid City, SD. We seek to disrupt the nuclear technology sector through creative problem solving, physical prototyping, extensive destructive testing, and simple, robust reactor design.
Our initial focus will be on developing rapid prototyping, destructive testing, and model validation and verification services. We will utilize these services in production of an autonomous, extremely low risk, kW-scale portable fission generator. Additionally, we plan on offering these services to other advanced reactor companies in order to facilitate the deployment of advanced fission energy systems.
We believe that this quote accurately sums up nuclear energy development in the US today. Most new reactor concepts focus on lightest, most compact, most powerful, most efficient, or some other form of "best". These concepts seek to greatly improve upon a technology with a proven track record of already being the safest, cleanest, and most environmentally friendly source of energy mankind has devised to date. These attempts at design perfection have resulted in the destruction of any capability to actualize any nuclear power systems, let alone the more complicated and advanced system concepts currently in development. The first nuclear reactor was constructed on a squash court from graphite and uranium blocks in a few months without the aid of computers, cross section libraries, or the wealth of information and manufacturing technology we now have access to. The US has built and operated over 300 fission reactors, yet the number that were proposed and finished after 1977 is in the single digits. The most recent reactor system to produce electricity was KRUSTY in 2018, rated at a mere 1kWe.
The US, once leaders in nuclear technology, are now back at square one. We believe a bottom up, learn by building, approach is required. We will start with the minimal useful product and focus on demonstrating a critical system as quickly as possible.
Joshua Payne - Chief Executive Officer
Nicholas McDougall - Chief Operations Officer
Chemical Engineer, Systems Engineer, and Destructive Testing Expert
Kent Payne - Chief Administrative Officer
Retired Lieutenant Colonel (USAF), B-1B Pilot