Russia to Begin Work on Nuclear Rockets for Human Mars Exploration

Russia to start research into spacecraft nuclear engines in 2010
RIA Novosti

Russia will launch research into nuclear engines for spaceships from 2010, the head of the Federal Space Agency said on Sunday.

“Nuclear engines for spaceships are a very promising area. Such engines should be created to make flights to Mars and other planets, for example,” Anatoly Perminov said.

Perminov earlier said that the development of Megawatt-class nuclear space power systems (MCNSPS) for manned spacecraft was crucial for Russia if the country wanted to maintain a competitive edge in the space race, including the exploration of the Moon and Mars.

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