The SLOWPOKE-2 research nuclear reactor at the RMC became critical in the fall of 1985. The Facility housing the reactor is located in the Department of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering at the RMC. The Facility is owned by the Crown and falls under the responsibilities of the Minister of National Defence. The reactor and associated laboratory equipment are used for the education of undergraduate and postgraduate students, for research and analytical applications, and for training and support of Canadian Armed Forces personnel. Specific capabilities include neutron activation analysis, neutron radioscopy and tomography, gamma spectroscopy, delayed neutron counting and liquid scintillation counting.
RMC has recently received an approval for refueling the SLOWPOKE-2 reactor. Refueling will mean that the education, training, research and technical support provided by the Facility to the DND, CAF, and Canada will continue for the next 30 years.