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energyNASA Will Flight Test a Nuclear Rocket by 2024 and Other High Tech NASA Projects

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A portion of NASA’s $21.5 billion 2019 budget is for developing advanced space power and propulsion technology. NASA will spend $176 to $217 million on maturing new technology. There are projects that NASA has already been working on and others …

energyIf TAE Technologies Succeeds With Commercial Fusion Then a Fusion Rocket Will Follow

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TAE Technologies has also looked at building a nuclear fusion rocket. Nextbigfuture had covered TAE Technologies recent announcement that they will have a commercial nuclear fusion rocket by 2023. The design is from an older 2004 paper. Any new system …

nuclearRussia claiming reusable nuclear rocket progress

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Russia is claiming progress on a megawatt nuclear space propulsion engine. They had previously stated the system would be ready by 2017. Ruscosmos is about a reusable gas-cooled fission reactor that powers a generator. This would power a plasma thruster. …

nuclearNuclear thermal space propulsion update

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BWXT provided progress updates and technology demonstrations related to BWXT’s nuclear thermal propulsion (NTP) program. Jim Reuter, NASA’s acting associate administrator of STMD, toured BWXT’s Advanced Technology Lab in Lynchburg, Virginia to learn more about BWXT’s progress on the program …

energyPulsed fission fusion rocket for 37 days to Mars and other missions

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The pulsed fission fusion propulsion (PuFF) system envisions using a pulsed z-pinch to compress a fission-fusion target. 2 mega-amps would be sent through a uranium-deuterium-tritium target. The uranium would fission first and then it would trigger a fusion reaction. The …

mach effectMach Effect Propulsion at 60 millinewtons per kilowatt which is matches Hall ion thruster

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Refinement of the Mach Effect Propulsion using brass separation from the reaction mass has improved the thrust by about 65 times up to 60 millinewtons per kilowatt. This would be competitive with the best Hall ion thrusters if there is …

antimatterPositron Antimatter catalyzed fusion propulsion

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We can produce very little antimatter and what we make is very difficult to store. These have been huge obstacles that have made antimatter propulsion many trillions of times beyond technological capabilities. Positron Dynamics and Ryan Weed get around these …

darpaDARPA funds developing Quantized Inertia into breakthrough space propulsion

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DARPA is giving $1.3 million for a four-year study of quantized inertia (QI) for possible breakthrough space propulsion. The QI theory predicts that objects can be pushed by differences in the intensity of so-called Unruh radiation in space, similar to …

propulsionSpaceX BFS now has three wings-legs with landing pads

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The top of the SpaceX BFR is the BFS (Big Falcon Spaceship) has three mini-wings with landing pads. It also has 7 Raptor engines. Two of wing-legs actuate. The major design decisions should now be complete. Elon Musk says hopper …