RUSSIA has discovered a "future spacecraft" that would give Mars one day.
It is equipped with nuclear engines, which the space agency Roscosmos says, could offer a "relatively fast journey" between planets.
Roscosmos showed the design of the sci-fi fantastic concept of spacecraft – but could not tell exactly when it would start.
The spacecraft is currently being developed at Russia's Keldysh Research Center, which is competing for nuclear weapons.
"At the moment, the Keldysh Center is working on the development of a spacecraft equipped with more powerful engines – new-generation nuclear power plants that do not require either solar or solar batteries," said Roscosmos spokeswoman.
Nuclear travel can radically change the search for planets in our solar system.
Space scientists are currently struggling with current propulsion methods, such as chemical fuels or low-power electric motors that rely on solar cells.
These space travel methods are slow, causing trouble for aboard aboard astronauts.
"Person should not spend more than one or two years in space," said Vladimir Koshlakov, who leads the Cedic center.
"A nuclear-powered spacecraft will allow a relatively fast journey and, above all, a return flight.
"This technology is particularly important for interplanetary flights and the exploration of large planets."
How long to get to Mars?
It's not so short a trip …
- There is a huge distance between Earth and Mars, which means that any trip to the red planet will take a very long time
- This is also complicated by the fact that the distance is constantly changing as the two planets rotate around the sun
- Most importantly, Earth and Mars would ever be, 33.9 million miles away – that's 9,800 times the distance between London and New York
- It's really rare, though: the more useful distance is the average, which is 140million miles
- Scientists on Earth have already launched a bunch of all Mars (or near) spacecraft, so we have a rough idea of how long it takes for existing technologies
- The historic journey took place anywhere from 128 to 333 days – of course, a huge time for people to be on a jet spacecraft.
According to the Russian TASS news agency, Koshlakov believes that a flight to Mars using a nuclear-powered engine is "technically possible in the near future."
A space expert believes that a person using the nuclear system can take more than half a year.
"[The journey] for a month it will last for several days, yes, but the flight to Mars lasts about seven or eight months, "said Koshlakov, speaking with the" Rossiiskaya Gazeta ".
Roscosmos has already tested soil tests for an engine cooling system that is considered to be successful.
In addition, the space agency plans to create a "megawatt-class" nuclear reactor that could be used for "deep space flights".
Nuclear travel – how does it work?
Here's what you need to know …
- Nuclear is a popular space travel concept
- The most common design is a nuclear thermonuclear rocket
- This means carrying out a liquid, such as liquid hydrogen
- It will then heat up at a very high temperature in the nuclear reactor
- It will spread through a rocket stick, creating a thrust
- This traction was able to move an object (such as a spacecraft) through space
- Though design and testing have taken place, nuclear fission missiles have not yet been found
- However, NASA and Russia are still interested in this technology
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This is not the first time Russia has experimented with nuclear technology for space travel.
Between 1970 and 1988, the Soviet Union launched 32 space-fired nuclear power reactors on board.
And Russia has been testing nuclear power engines since the 1960s.
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