Outlook for Nuclear Rocket Engine Reactors

  • Anatoly Lanin
Part of the Springer Series in Materials Science book series (SSMATERIALS, volume 170)


NRE reactors of different Nuclear Engine Power Installations (NEPI) based on tested technologies have actually no alternatives in deep space investigations with the help of unmanned space probes and piloted interplanetary devices [1]. The developments of NREs were stopped only temporarily because humankind could not afford to spend a huge amount of money for large-scale cosmic studies. It is most likely that the NRE program should become an international collaboration program in the future, like programs for the development of the international thermonuclear experimental reactor (ITER), high-power accelerators, etc. The program would have a global character, in view of its legal. Ecological and other aspects, because the program involves the use of fission materials of the highest armament quality, it should be under international control. NRE reactors for different purposes would be based on different HRE geometries with fuel compositions providing the required efficiency. To fulfill the tasks in cosmic flights, the NRE reactor should have high reliability, with the no-failure probability no less than 0.99.


International Thermonuclear Experimental Reactor Energy Device Fuel Composition Basic Regime Hydrogen Environment 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.St. PetersburgRussia

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