NASA, Roscosmos Discuss Cooperation on Lunar, Asteroid Missions and Nuclear Propulsion

Roscosmos Head Anatoly Perminov

Roscosmos and NASA Negotiate Missions to Distant Space
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Space agencies of Russia and US, Roscosmos and NASA, discuss space missions to distant space, Roscosmos Head Anatoly Perminov stated at the summit of the space agency heads held under the aegis of International Academy of Astronautics in Washington.

Perminov and NASA Administrator Charles Bolden, who both lead Space Cooperation Working Group in the framework of the Russian-US President Commission, met in Washington to hold the third meeting of the Working Group.

According to Roscosmos Head, Russian proposals concerning future cooperation “had been submitted to NASA”. The list includes different options, including missions to LLO and asteroids. The agenda also covered future cooperation in the Russia-initiated Mercury landing program and development of a nuclear propulsion system.

Nuclear propulsion systems are considered for large-scale human missions, not for small spacecraft which could use other type of propulsion – ionic engines or solar wind energy. The system is unique, as no other propulsion in the world is made on the basis of similar principles.