Flight to Mars

Russia will fly into space on a nuclear engine. Go work on the creation of such a transport and energy module. This was stated by the head of Roscosmos Vladimir Popovkin in a holiday interview to “Rossiyskaya Gazeta”. Today, the country celebrates the Day of cosmonautics. Popovkin said that it is a compact machine with a capacity of one megawatt, the modules will be used in the composition of the inter-orbital tugs and even for interplanetary missions. Mass no analogues in the world.

Yuri Yurievich, what do you think? How realistic is it to create such a setup? How it would function?

Karash: to Create it, of course, real. As far as using it for interplanetary flights – it makes sense. With regard to inter-orbital tug – it is like flying on Boeing-474 from Moscow to Kaluga. I need to use nuclear installation does not see. But if you work its action somewhere within the Earth, then it certainly makes sense. In General, the use of nuclear thrust for interplanetary missions is the most promising.Suffice it to say that the company estimates MSNW (it’s an American company that, together with universitatsstra Washington now developing the nuclear rocket engine), with the use of this type propulsion system flight to Mars and back can be placed in the interval from 30 to 90 days. Compare that with 1.5 to 2 years, if you fly on a conventional propulsion systems.

And what will develop such speed?

Due to the thrust, duration of thrust. This nuclear propulsion system will be long to give traction. Then, it is still more reliable than the current one. That’s the way and get the necessary impetus.

It turns out this is the main advantage of nuclear plants is a more reliable system than the current one. Why?

Yes, it is somewhat more reliable than the current one. I would not want you to download all the technical details, but in the complex it is more reliable. Most importantly, she can give a great deal of traction for a longer period of time. And this is very important. This will allow us to accelerate a ship up to the speed which will allow him to fly back and forth for three months.

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