Home » Science » Space » Russia eyes nuclear-powered spaceships

Russia eyes nuclear-powered spaceships

Staff Writer November 25, 2010 1,010

Russian space contractor RSC Energia has confirmed plans for the design of advanced space modules that will be powered by nuclear-based propulsion systems.

According to Ria Novosti, initial launches of the first-gen modules could kick off by 2020.

As one would expect, the ambitious project carries a hefty price tag of over $580 million.

Nevertheless, Federal Space Agency Roscosmos director Anatoly Perminov believes the development of Megawatt-class nuclear space power systems (MCNSPS) for manned spacecraft is “crucial” if Russia wants to maintain a competitive edge in the space race.



It should be noted that RSC Energia has also announced its intention to develop a space-based nuclear power station (for placement on the moon or Mars), along with a nuclear-powered space tug – which could theoretically halve current satellite launching and orbiting costs.

 

Post Navigation

Deals or delusions? Beware of Black Friday rip-off tactics
New England granite a geothermal hotbed?

Related Posts