Rolls-Royce and the UK Space Agency (UKSA) have signed a research agreement examining the use of Rolls-Royce nuclear-powered engines in deep space exploration.
The use of nuclear energy for space exploration is one of the important issues that can revolutionize space travel. The UK Space Agency believes that nuclear energy is a huge source of energy and can be used in space exploration and provide many benefits for such missions.
According to studies, the efficiency of nuclear engines is expected to be about twice the efficiency of chemical engines currently used in space missions. With nuclear engines, travel time to Mars will be reduced to about three or four months.
Dr. Graham Tranuck, UKSA CEO, commented on the partnership:
“Using nuclear engines for space exploration can change many of the current equations. With the help of such engines, space missions will be carried out more quickly. “Studies in this area will help us better understand the exciting potential of nuclear-powered spacecraft.”
As travel time decreases, astronauts are exposed to dangerous space radiation for a shorter period of time, and in addition, they can perform more missions.
Rolls-Royce has used nuclear engine technology to power the British Navy’s submarine fleet and hopes to find new solutions for space exploration.
“Rolls-Royce defense director Dave Gordon said of the new project:
“A new nuclear engine project for space exploration could demonstrate Britain’s true capability in nuclear technology.”