Atomic Energy

, Volume 108, Issue 3, pp 170–173 | Cite as

New stage in the use of atomic energy in space

  • A. S. Koroteev

A qualitatively new stage in the development and practical application of atomic energy in space is linked with the use of multipurpose high-capacity propulsion-power modules. Their design based on a nuclear powered propulsion facility in the megawatt range has been approved and accepted for implementation. In this article, the facility is described, the principles of operation of the facility as a whole and its individual subsystems are examined, and the proposed characteristics and mass of the structural elements are presented. The advantages of using atomic energy in the power-plant–motor variant, including for manned flight to Mars, are shown.


Radiative Cooler Motor Variant Rocket Motor Reactor Facility Nuclear Power Facility 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • A. S. Koroteev
    • 1
  1. 1.Keldysh CenterMoscowRussia

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