Unlocking the Power of Nuclear Thermal Rocket Engines
— Ashish Pokhriyal
NASA and the U.S. military plan to test a nuclear-powered rocket engine in space as early as 2027.
The two agencies will work on a nuclear thermal propulsion system.
Technology NASA wants to use to send humans to Mars in the late 2030.
It is an advanced rocket engine design that could revolutionize.
How future rocket propulsion systems are built, according to the space agency.
Using a nuclear thermal rocket allows for faster transit time, reducing risk for astronauts.
Reducing transit time is a key component for human missions to Mars, as longer trips require more supplies and more robust systems.