In Russia, an interorbital tug with a nuclear engine is being assembled without much publicity


In Russia, without much publicity, KB "Arsenal" is assembling the first prototype of an interorbital tug with a megawatt-class nuclear power plant (NEPU). This is a fundamentally new vehicle in space, which will be able to solve a wide range of tasks, ranging from garbage collection in Earth's orbit and delivering cargo to the Moon, Mars, and ending with flights to objects outside the solar system.


Work on the creation of an interorbital tug has been underway in Russia since 2009. Until 2015, work on the project was carried out by RSC Energia. The joint development of nuclear power plant is carried out by a whole group of enterprises of Roscosmos and the state corporation Rosatom.

It was originally planned that the project could be implemented by 2018, but the date for the appearance of the flight prototype was postponed to 2022-2023, and commissioning is scheduled for 2030. The total cost of the project is estimated at 13,2 billion rubles.





The TEM will consist of a power unit with a reactor installation, an electric propulsion system, an instrumentation and assembly complex, sliding trusses, solar panels and other elements. It will be equipped with two new ID-500 ion engines, firing tests of which were carried out in 2014.


If necessary, the assembly of the transport and energy module (TEM) can be carried out directly in space using the ISS. The resource of the nuclear power plant will be 10 years, after it is exhausted, the TEM will be transferred to the disposal orbit.
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  1. steelmaker Offline
    steelmaker 15 September 2020 10: 06
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    Don't copy anyone. We must create our own and let them copy us. In spite of everything, I want to be proud of my country!
    1. Brancodd Offline
      Brancodd 15 September 2020 10: 48
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      If, again, the government does not cut funding. On September 5, the Federal Space Program suffered 150 billion rubles. R. We'll have to freeze a few programs. For example, the hydrogen stage for the Angara. For comparison, the loan issued by VEB to Turkey for the Akkuyu NPP is more than the entire five-year space program.
    2. Rum rum Offline
      Rum rum (Rum rum) 16 September 2020 01: 13
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      Don't copy anyone. We must create our own and let them copy us. In spite of everything, I want to be proud of my country!

      Innocent, I don't recognize you in makeup!
      Is it you?
  2. 123 Offline
    123 (123) 15 September 2020 10: 58
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    In Russia, without much publicity, KB "Arsenal" is assembling the first prototype of an interorbital tug with a nuclear power plant of a megawatt class

    And rightly so. People calmly go about their business. The project is still a long way off. Why make noise ahead of time?
    One must be able to listen not only to loud heart-rending cries of "innovators" but also to silence. Russia's silence is often more meaningful.
    By the way, has the wave of Rogozin's "exposed" disappeared somewhere? Did not notice? Silence lately ..... Recently, there was a glimpse of a new detention of someone from the former leadership, or the head of someone from the "allies" based on the results of an audit initiated by Rogozin. In general, nothing ordinary. I didn’t even pay much attention and didn’t remember my last name. And what is characteristic, since then the "whistleblowers" have quieted down ... Apparently they don't work for free ...
  3. steelmaker Offline
    steelmaker 15 September 2020 14: 37
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    By the way, has the wave of Rogozin's "exposed" disappeared somewhere? Did not notice? Silence lately ..

    So Rogozin recently bit his tongue, there is nothing to brag about. And he doesn't remember the trampoline. But when 2030 comes, then we will praise Rogozin.
    1. 123 Offline
      123 (123) 15 September 2020 18: 46
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      Why tell him? They work and build.

    2. Oleg Rambover Offline
      Oleg Rambover (Oleg Rambover) 16 September 2020 23: 52
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      Quote: steel maker
      So Rogozin recently bit his tongue, there is nothing to brag about.

      Rogozin's tongue cannot be easily stopped.

      https://ria.ru/20200915/rogozin-1577273204.html

      We believe that Venus is still a Russian planet, Rogozin told reporters.
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    Cyril (Kirill) 15 September 2020 15: 04
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    They are assembling not an orbital ship, but a ground functional model. This is also good and necessary, but it is still far from implementation. Given the fact that the Federal Space Program was cut again, the chances of the implementation of the orbital version are still dubious.

    But it will be very good if they do it, of course.
  5. steelmaker Offline
    steelmaker 16 September 2020 14: 42
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    Why tell him? They work and build.

    They don't work, they use budget funds!

    Recently, there was a glimpse of a new arrest report.

    - your words. I do not believe that subordinates steal, and the boss did not know !!!
    Four years after the war in 1949. nuclear weapons, 1957 the first satellite, 1961 people in space - this is what they call people working. And since 2009 we have been using budgetary funds for space! But I agree to that too. Because under Putin it is different - and that's good.
  6. shinobi Offline
    shinobi (Yuri) 16 September 2020 23: 41
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    An interesting message slipped through, making it clear all this excitement with the moon and Mars. The essence of the message is found evidence of panspermia. Moreover, twice, in 2015. They studied a section of methiorite that fell in France in 1809. We found fossilized remains of microbes. Meteorite comes from the solar system. Co all those who stand up.