Russia has revealed revolutionary new plans to build a nuclear-powered spacecraft that would allow them to take cosmonauts to Mars and beyond on interstellar missions in the near future.
A Russian research center has revealed it is building a rocket engine that could take mankind to mars within seven months.
According to reports from Russia, the alleged spacecraft could launch only 48 hours after landing, and Russian scientists have supposedly been working on this ‘revolutionary’ project for nearly ten years.
According to claims made by Roscomos, they have developed a gas-cooled fission reaction that can power plasma thrusters which in turn propel the spacecraft.
While the technology isn’t something out of a Hollywood movie and certainly possible, many experts have remained skeptical over the claims, mostly because of the safety risks involving using a nuclear-powered rocket.
Halfway around the world, in the United States, NASA and Elon’ Musk’s SpaceX have been working tirelessly to develop the necessary technology to bring mankind to Mars, and given the current estimates, they could do so by 2030.
Roscomos has explained that the rocket will not rely on sunlight nor solar batteries as the fission reactor will provide more than necessary energy.
They have also claimed that their spacecraft will be capable of interstellar travel, and have said that the technology currently being used by Elon Musk is outdated.
“Elon Musk is using the existing tech, developed a long time ago. He is a businessman: he took a solution that was already there and applied it successfully. Notably, he is also doing his work with help from the government,” said Vladimir Koshlakov, chief of Keldysh Research Center.
A mission to Mars is needed, but not a priority for Russia as they plan to go beyond Mars.
“A mission to Mars is possible in the very near future, but that’s not an aim in itself. Our engines can be the foundation for a whole range of space missions that currently seem like science fiction.”
“Reusability is the priority. We must develop engines that do not need to be fine-tuned or repaired more than once every ten flights. Also, 48 hours after the rocket returns from space, it must be ready to go again. This is what the market demands,” he added.
While the have failed to set a launch date, they confidently believe their revolutionary spacecraft will change spaceflight history.