The first launch of the “space nuclear tug” is scheduled for 2030

At the end of the decade, Roskosmos can implement one of its most ambitious projects. In 2030, it is planned to conduct flight tests of a promising spacecraft with a megawatt-class nuclear power plant. This is stated in the presentation of the first deputy director of the corporation, Yuri Ulichich, presented at the Korolev Readings conference in Moscow.

Recall that the development of the “space tug” started in 2010. In 2018, the appearance of the future device was presented. A test layout of the rotor magnetoplasmodynamic power plant is planned to be carried out this year.

It is worth noting that the project of the Russian transport and energy module has no analogues in the world. If successfully implemented, it will provide our country with a leading position in the space industry. A TEM operating in a nuclear power plant will become the basis for deep space exploration. In particular, the device will be able to be involved in the creation of future lunar bases.

Tests of the promising transport and energy module will be carried out at the Vostochny spaceport, where in the same 2030 it is planned to commission the corresponding technical complex. After successfully passing all the tests, the device will go into mass production.
  • Photos used: Roscosmos
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  1. Oleg Rambover Offline Oleg Rambover
    Oleg Rambover (Oleg Rambover) 30 January 2020 18: 11
    The nuclear propulsion system should have been ready.

    Already ready?
    1. Sergey Latyshev Offline Sergey Latyshev
      Sergey Latyshev (Serge) 30 January 2020 20: 39
      Just a few days ago I saw a trial run in the year 25 ....

      Promises named after Khoja Nasretdin bloom and saw, saw ...

      I looked about TVEL by reference and search.
      This is not an engine. This is the core of a power plant.
      1. Oleg Rambover Offline Oleg Rambover
        Oleg Rambover (Oleg Rambover) 31 January 2020 18: 30
        Quote: Sergey Latyshev
        I looked about TVEL by reference and search.
        This is not an engine. This is the core of a power plant.

        The article says:

        According to the director and general designer of NIKIET OJSC, Yuri Dragunov, according to the plan, the nuclear power plant should be ready in 2018.

        They promised at 18, as far as I know, there is still no nuclear electric motor installation.
        1. Sergey Latyshev Offline Sergey Latyshev
          Sergey Latyshev (Serge) 1 February 2020 21: 46
          The stump is clear, no.
          And TVEL - nowhere does it say that it is an engine. Silently omits that it’s kind of ... just a part of an electric generator.

          But still, no one is going to comply with the deadlines, even the article shows ...
  2. NordUral Offline NordUral
    NordUral (Eugene) 30 January 2020 22: 56
    It’s a pity that I can’t survive. But out of harm - I will try. So try hard, effective. But remember the 60s and sadly becomes for the present.
  3. cmonman Offline cmonman
    cmonman (Garik Mokin) 1 February 2020 04: 40
    I do not understand anything!
    A Russian engineer created and tested an engine for a space tug, and the engine runs on water! Electricity from solar panels heats water to 6 thousand degrees Celsius, turning it into plasma. How much safer and more convenient! And he created his own, Mikhail Kokorich! And he created his own company!
  4. Potapov Offline Potapov
    Potapov (Valery) 1 February 2020 10: 11
    Rogozin - promised number 2.
  5. 123 Offline 123
    123 (123) 8 February 2020 09: 01
    The technique is new, there are many difficulties, it is naive to expect that they will do everything within the promised time frame. Why so much negativity? This is not a serial product to assemble. Here you are, look, calm down. yes