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Gaseous Core Nuclear Thermal Rocket

  1. Sep 17, 2011 #1
    http://www.projectrho.com/rocket/enginelist.php#id--Gaseous_Core_Nuclear_Thermal_Rocket

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gas_core_reactor_rocket

    How practical would this be? How much of a technological leap would be needed to achieve this?

    Would it make outer solar system missions possible?

    Could the technology be used for non space applications?

    I bring this up because Discovery One from 2001: A Space Odyssey apparently uses something like this.
     
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  3. Sep 19, 2011 #2

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    Well we managed to build a fully operational solid core nuclear thermal rocket in the 50's. A closed-cycle gas core reactor is within our capability today I think, if we wanted to. I would guess that any manned mission to mars would use either nuclear thermal or nuclear electric.
     
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