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New nuclear thermal propulsion engine

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Jon the frog

Nice to see new concept for nuclear propulsion. Would be cool if they can go to testing soon.

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Rolci

The rocket principle still the best humanity has to offer in 2020 after hundreds of thouands of years spent using our current brain size as Homo Sapiens. It is official: all hope is lost.

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RoofGardener

Oh I don't know: either you have thrust, or you somehow 'pull' your way along, or you teleport.

We've not really improved on the wheel for thousands of years. Should we give up all hope on THAT basis as well ? :P 

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tortugabob

If the propulsion system ignites hydrogen with the heat generated from a nuclear reactor it's not new or revolutionary. The government was testing this back in the late 70s and had a fully functioning rocket motor.

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J-Man V

I've always thought why doesn't NASA dust off and upgrade the old NERVA program. It's good to see these various civilian companies developing new nuclear engines. It's going to take government agencies and civilian companies working together to get us out into the solar system.

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