21st Century Wire says…
This is a game changer for space travel.
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Russia is set to test a nuclear fission engine in 2018 that will send a space shuttle to Mars in just six weeks, a massive advance on the current 18 month journey with conventional rockets.
The head of Rosatom Nuclear Corporation, Sergey Kirienko, said:
“A nuclear power unit makes it possible to reach Mars in a matter of one to one and a half months, providing capability for manoeuvring and acceleration,”
“Today’s engines can only reach Mars in a year and a half, without the possibility of return,”
That’s right, not only will a shuttle powered by this engine be able to manoeuvre through space but it will also be able to make a return trip.
Conventional rocket technology only makes it possible to fly on a defined trajectory flight, and it would absolutely not be able to come back from Mars.
The engine will also be used to explore deep space, sending robotic probes to the very edges of our solar system and beyond.
Russia appears to be leading the way when it comes to space technology, as it is also now looking to turn its old ICBMs into an asteroid defence system.
Do you think this new technology has the potential to truly advance humanity’s future in space?
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