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UK Nuclear Spacecraft Could Halve Time of Journey To Mars

mercredi 13 janvier 2021, 22:25 , par Slashdot
UK Nuclear Spacecraft Could Halve Time of Journey To Mars
British spacecraft could travel to Mars in half the time it now takes by using nuclear propulsion engines built by Rolls-Royce under a new deal with the UK Space Agency. From a report: The aerospace company hopes nuclear-powered engines could help astronauts make it to Mars in three to four months, twice as fast as the most powerful chemical engines, and unlock deeper space exploration in the decades to come. The partnership between Rolls-Royce and the UK Space Agency will bring together planetary scientists to explore how nuclear energy could be used to 'revolutionise space travel,' according to the government. Dr Graham Turnock, the chief executive of the UK Space Agency, said using nuclear power in space was 'a gamechanging concept that could unlock future deep-space missions that take us to Mars and beyond.'

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