The UK is also considering using nuclear propulsion in space

According to Rolls-Royce and the UKSA (UK Space Agency), by using nuclear propulsion, spacecraft could travel much faster than with chemical propulsion. On Tuesday, January 12, the two entities therefore decided to launch a study on the use of this technology which could revolutionize space exploration.

If Rolls-Royce and the United Kingdom Space Agency have chosen to focus on nuclear propulsion, it is because this technology could significantly reduce the duration of space travel. Reaching Mars could thus be done in just four months instead of eight.

The UK is also considering using nuclear propulsion in space
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Thanks to nuclear propulsion, astronauts could therefore spend less time in space. They would therefore avoid prolonged exposure to radiation, known to have harmful effects on health.

A concept that will change the game?

Note that for the moment, the two new collaborators are only at the research stage. In the coming years, however, they hope that their study will help to achieve significant progress in the field of spaceflight.

“Space nuclear energy and propulsion is a game-changing concept. "

Graham Turnock, UKSA CEO

Still according to him, they could very well facilitate the next space missions which will lead the astronauts towards Mars and even further. At Rolls-Royce, officials also seemed most confident.

“We believe there is a niche competence in the UK in this area and this initiative can strengthen our strong nuclear network and supply chain. "

Dave Gordon, a manager within the company

To revive the economy after the passage of Covid-19

For its part, the British government also seems to be delighted with the new partnership. This collaboration could indeed result in many jobs. It would then be a boon for the United Kingdom, especially after the crisis caused by the Covid-19 epidemic. According to Amanda Solloway, British government science minister, this type of collaboration should help boost the country's economy.

This new alliance could also help to "advance British space flights" by highlighting in particular "pioneering innovations" . The minister finally added that this contract concluded between Rolls-Royce and the UKSA should help send their future astronauts into space "faster and longer".

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According to Rolls-Royce and the UKSA (UK Space Agency), by using nuclear propulsion, spacecraft could travel much faster than with chemical propulsion. On Tuesday, January 12, the two entities therefore decided to launch a study on the use of this technology which could revolutionize space exploration.

If Rolls-Royce and the United Kingdom Space Agency have chosen to focus on nuclear propulsion, it is because this technology could significantly reduce the duration of space travel. Reaching Mars could thus be done in just four months instead of eight.

The UK is also considering using nuclear propulsion in space
Pixabay credits

Thanks to nuclear propulsion, astronauts could therefore spend less time in space. They would therefore avoid prolonged exposure to radiation, known to have harmful effects on health.

A concept that will change the game?

Note that for the moment, the two new collaborators are only at the research stage. In the coming years, however, they hope that their study will help to achieve significant progress in the field of spaceflight.

“Space nuclear energy and propulsion is a game-changing concept. "

Graham Turnock, UKSA CEO

Still according to him, they could very well facilitate the next space missions which will lead the astronauts towards Mars and even further. At Rolls-Royce, officials also seemed most confident.

“We believe there is a niche competence in the UK in this area and this initiative can strengthen our strong nuclear network and supply chain. "

Dave Gordon, a manager within the company

To revive the economy after the passage of Covid-19

For its part, the British government also seems to be delighted with the new partnership. This collaboration could indeed result in many jobs. It would then be a boon for the United Kingdom, especially after the crisis caused by the Covid-19 epidemic. According to Amanda Solloway, British government science minister, this type of collaboration should help boost the country's economy.

This new alliance could also help to "advance British space flights" by highlighting in particular "pioneering innovations" . The minister finally added that this contract concluded between Rolls-Royce and the UKSA should help send their future astronauts into space "faster and longer".

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