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Nuclear propulsion includes a wide variety of propulsion methods that use some form of nuclear reaction as their primary power source. Many military submarines, and, owing to crude oil prices and emissions, aircraft carriers and a growing number of large civilian surface ships, especially icebreakers, use nuclear reactors as their power plants (see nuclear marine propulsion for civil use and nuclear navy for military use). In addition, various types of nuclear propulsion have been proposed, and some of them tested, for spacecraft applications:

Bimodal Nuclear Thermal Rockets - conduct nuclear fission reactions similar to those safely employed at nuclear power plants including submarines. The energy is used to heat the liquid hydrogen propellant. Courtesy of NASA Glenn Research Center


RKA (Russian Federal Space Agency) NPS Development

Anatolij Perminov, head of Russian Space Agency announced that RKA is going to develop a nuclear powered spacecraft for deep space travel. Design will be done by 2012, and 9 more years for development (in space assembly). The price is set to 17 billion rubles (600 million dollars).

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The draft design of the spacecraft is slated to be ready by 2012, while the actual model is expected to be developed by 2018. The total cost of the project is estimated at about $600 million.


  • Bussard, R; DeLauer, R (1958), Nuclear Rocket Propulsion, McGraw-Hill  


  1. ^ Contact: Gynelle.C.Steele (July 15, 2005). "F-22 Raptor Stealth". NASA Glenn's Research & Technology. Retrieved 2009-07-08.  

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