Russia shows off reusable nuclear rocket engine for missions to Mars

A Russian research center has taken the wraps of a powerful, reusable nuclear machine designed for a mission to Mars.

In a video posted on social media, it is claimed that the rocket can reach Mars after seven months and can also be launched 48 hours after landing in space.

The institute responsible for the missile, Keldysh Research Center, is known for the construction of the Katyusha rocket that was launched during the Second World War.

Can Russia beat the US and Elon Musk to Mars? (Image: Roscosmos)

& # 39; A mission to Mars is possible in the very near future, but that is not an end in itself. Our engines can form the basis for a whole series of space missions that currently seem science fiction, "said Vladimir Koshlakov, head of the Keldysh Research Center in Moscow, at Rossiyskaya Gazeta.

Apparently, scientists in the center have been working on this new propulsion system since 2009.

It uses a gas-cooled fission reactor that feeds a generator, which in turn feeds a plasma thruster to propel the rocket.

And although the Russian scientists have not revealed a date on which the new engines are actually ready for use, they have every confidence that they will disgrace all other missile technology.

"Reusability is the priority," Koshlakov said.

A computer model of the nuclear missile engine (Image: Roscosmos)

We must develop engines that do not need to be adjusted or repaired more than once every ten flights. Also 48 hours after the rocket has returned from space, it must be reused. This is what the market demands. & # 39;

Currently the most famous reusable rockets are the Falcon series developed by SpaceX, the space company of Elon Musk.

But according to Koshlakov, Musk simply uses old technology.

"Elon Musk uses the existing technology, which was developed long ago," said Koshlakov.

The race is on its way to first come to Mars (Image: NASA)

& # 39; He is a businessman: he took a solution that was already there and applied it successfully. In particular, he also does his work with the help of the government. & # 39;

NASA has plans to launch the first manned mission to Mars sometime in the 2030s.

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