Pentagon’s Agency for Advanced Defense Research Projects DARPAaviation company to build nuclear spacecraft Lockheed Martin and Jeff Bezos‘s space company Blue Origin. Two companies, located between the earth and the moon ‘cislunar‘about to design an agile rocket for missions in space General Atomics will work with.
Nuclear thermal drive (NTP) systems could be a new key to manned missions in space. NASAHas put technology aside and developed due to budget constraints since the 70s NTPback to
NASA turned to NTP as a short way to take it to Mars
The system, which works by transferring heat from the nuclear reactor to the liquid propellant to create a propulsion, provides twice the fuel efficiency of chemical rockets.
NASAHas put technology aside and developed due to budget constraints since the 70s NTPback to DARPAAims to increase the speed of development of NTP technology. Accordingly, the agency, 2025 It will install a nuclear-based propulsion system in a spacecraft above low earth orbit by the year.
Mission for the next 18 months, DRACO Phase 1 of the (Demonstration Rocket for Agile Cislunar Operations) program and companies will split into two paths to develop a vehicle with rapid maneuverability in cislunar space (between the earth and the moon).
According to CNBC’s report, the winning of the award points to a new national security convention for Blue Origin.
Bezos’ company and in total 5.4 million dollars donated Lockheed Martin, Firstly NTP will work on competing designs for the operational spacecraft operating with the system. In General Atomics 22 million dollars will develop the nuclear reactor with the grant.
“Performance teams have demonstrated their ability to develop and deploy advanced reactor, propulsion and spacecraft systems,” said DRACO program manager Nathan Greiner. “The NTP technology, which we are trying to develop and demonstrate within the scope of the DRACO program, aims to form the basis of future operations in space.”