Rolls-Royce is the company that puts the most machines to flight. So, when it comes to aircraft engines, the British company certainly has a say. In that sense, flying to Mars can take less time if a nuclear space engine is developed.
According to what has been reported, Rolls-Royce and the UK Space Agency will work together to develop a nuclear powered engine. The goal is to reduce travel time to the red planet.
Rolls-Royce wants to develop a nuclear engine to go to Mars
Like NASA and SpaceX who have been working together on the development of technologies to travel in space, is also on the horizon Rolls-Royce and the UK Space Agency work together to develop a nuclear powered engine. Currently, with a common engine the trip lasts almost eight months. With a nuclear powered one, it would only take three or four months.
Thus, with this technology, already thought for more than 50 years, the trips would be shorter, the astronauts would be exposed to less radiation during the flight. The goal is to make the trip as safe as possible, as well as cheaper.
Space nuclear power and propulsion are revolutionary concepts. They can unlock future missions in deep space.
Graham Turnock is Executive Director of the UK Space Agency.
Rolls-Royce: Nuclear engine appears to be the solution
It is not the first time that this type of technology is talked about to travel faster through space. Last November, the USNC-Tech company stated that it had designed a new thermonuclear engine capable of taking astronauts to the Red Planet in just three months.
The project presented referred to the use of ceramic fuel microcapsules with high enriched uranium content (HALEU or high assay low enriched uranium).
Of course, all of this did not appear now. Between 1961 and 1972, NASA worked to create a nuclear powered engine. However, budget cuts forced the program to be suspended.
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