PUBLISHED: 02:09, Tue, Oct 27, 2020 | UPDATED: 02:09, Tue, Oct 27, 2020
Ultra Safe Nuclear Technologies, a Seattle, Washington-based company, reported they had sent NASA a concept design for nuclear thermal propulsion engine. As part of a study on space flight, they designed a NTP with the aim of getting Mars in just three months for future space travel missions. It comes after NASA officials have said nuclear-powered systems will be required for further exploration into space.
NTP systems use nuclear fission, power from splitting atoms, to create thrust, and are generally more efficient than existing chemical rockets.
Michael Eades, principal engineer at USNC-Tech, issued a statement on the company’s nuclear engine, touting it as even more reliable than other designs.
He also claimed the company’s NTP design has a specific impulse, referring to the amount of thrust from a propellant, “more than twice that of chemical systems."
Mr Eades added: “We want to lead the effort to open new frontiers in space, and do it quickly and safely.”
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NASA news: NASA has received a design for a nuclear thermal propulsion system (Image: GETTY)
NASA news: NTP systems have been touted to slash travel to Mars by more than half (Image: PA)
NTP systems have been looked at as promising ways to slash space travel time with heavier payloads than modern advanced rockets.
Experts believe the systems will be able to halve the travel time to Mars, which is currently held to be seven months one way.
Paolo Venneri, UNSC-Tech CEO, has claimed their design uses nuclear design aspects from reactor, and added: “Key to USNC-Tech's design is a conscious overlap between terrestrial and space reactor technologies.
"This allows us to leverage the advancements in nuclear technology and infrastructure from terrestrial systems and apply them to our space reactors."
NASA news: Most rockets use chemical propulsion systems, with fuel burned at great cost (Image: