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. 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.
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Its nuclear technology propels the nation’s submarine fleet, it wants to build mini nuclear power stations to shore up the transition to a carbon-free economy — and now Rolls-Royce is to embark on the final frontier. Britain’s engineering champion is joining the space race to work out whether nuclear propulsion technologies can help to send an astronaut to Mars.
Times 13th Jan 2021 read more »
The UK Space Agency and Rolls-Royce are joining forces for a unique study into how nuclear power and technologies could be used as part of space exploration.
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