Russia Unveils NUCLEAR Spaceship Poised For Groundbreaking INTERSTELLAR Missions

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RUSSIA’s Space Agency, Roscosmos, has unveiled a nuclear powered spaceship designed for groundbreaking interplanetary and interstellar flights.

When discussing the possibility of interstellar travel, some scientists tend to scoff at the idea because of the enormous distances that separate the stars.

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Russia's Space Agency, Roscosmos, has unveiled a nuclear powered spaceship (Image: Roscosmos/Getty)

However, Roscosmos claims the craft will be able to make flights into deep space, thanks to the use of nuclear power. Video released on the Roscomos page on Facebook shows the concept design of the craft.

From past descriptions, the concept design includes a gas-cooled fission reaction that powers a generator, which in turn feeds a plasma thruster.

Vladimir Koshlakov, who heads Moscow’s Keldysh Research Center told local media a mission to Mars will be able “in the very near future but that is not the aim in itself”.

He noted: “Our engines can be the foundation for a whole range of space missions that currently seem like science fiction.”

The Keldysh Research Centre, responsible for developing the Katyusha rocket launched during World War 2, has been working on the “unique” propulsion system since 2009.

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Video released on the Roscomos page on Facebook shows the concept design of the craft (Image: Roscosmos)

Mr. Koshlakov did not name a date for when the system will be ready but he suggested it “will surpass existing level of technological and scientific development”.

He added: “Reusability is the priority.

“We must develop engines that do not need to be fine-tuned or repaired more than once every ten flights.

“Also, 48 hours after the rocket returns from space, it must be ready to go again.

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Vladimir Koshlakov a mission to Mars will be able “in the very near future but that is not the aim (Image: Getty)

“This is what the market demands.”

Asked whether he might be surpassed by other companies, such as Elon Musk's SpaceX, which is planning its own mission to Mars, Mr. Koshlakov firmly denied.

He said: “Elon Musk is using the existing tech, developed a long time ago.

"He is a businessman: he took a solution that was already there, and applied it successfully.

"Notably, he is also doing his work with help from the government."

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