Federal space Agency has not officially confirmed the information about the termination of nuclear engine. It tells Roscosmos, work on the technologies that have no analogues in the world, for deep space exploration will continue. For example, the new motor will allow the population of the earth to go to Mars.
Earlier, several media outlets citing unnamed informant said that Roscosmos if expects to close the work on creation of nuclear power installed megawatt class, prepared for flight in deep space. The official dealer of Roscosmos Igor Burenkov, this information does not correspond to reality.
"Roscosmos continues to work on core technologies for the creation of the carrier rocket with a reusable first stage, space tugs with electric propulsion or nuclear propulsion. Information about the exclusion of these works from the project fresh PCF 2006-2015 does not fit reality," quoted Burenkov RIA Novosti.
The project of creation of transport and energy module based on nuclear power installed megawatt class is made jointly by the enterprises of Rosatom and the Federal space Agency in accordance with the decision taken in 2009 by the presidential Commission on modernization. Research and design University of the power.And.Dollies is considered to be the main designer of the reactor plant and coordinator of works from Rosatom.
Unparalleled transport module will create a qualitatively new technology high power availability for research and exploration of deep space. The project involves implementing ion electric rocket engine in which thrust is created using accelerated by the electric field of the ion flow.
In the application of space nuclear power plants can begin to address challenging applications such as mission to Mars, a detailed study of planets and their satellites, industrial production in space. Among other things you can do cleansing of near-earth space debris, fight asteroid danger, create automated databases on planets. The created Russian installation is there are severe potential in the commercial world.
sections: Politics, Accidents