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MOSCOW — Russia should build a new nuclear-powered spaceship for prospective manned missions to Mars and other planets, the nation's space chief said Thursday.
Anatoly Perminov first proposed building the ship at a government meeting Wednesday but didn't explain its purpose. President Dmitry Medvedev backed the project and urged the government to find the money.
Perminov said the preliminary design could be ready by 2012, and then it would take nine more years and cost 17 billion rubles (about $600 million, or euro400 million) to build the ship.
"The project is aimed at implementing large-scale space exploration programs, including a manned mission to Mars, interplanetary travel, the creation and operation of planetary outposts," Perminov's Web statement said.
NASA's plan to retire its shuttle fleet next year will force the United States and other nations to rely on the Russian spacecraft to ferry their astronauts to and from the International Space Station until NASA's new manned ship becomes available.
Igor Lisov, a Moscow-based expert on Russian space program, said the prospective ship would use a nuclear reactor to run an electric rocket engine.
"It will be quite efficient for flight to Mars," he told The Associated Press on Thursday. Lisov said Soviet work on a nuclear-powered electric rocket engine dates back to the 1960s when Soviet engineers began developing plans for a manned flight to Mars. He said Russia's experience in building nuclear-powered satellites would also help develop the new spaceship.
"It will require a significantly more powerful nuclear reactor, but the task is quite realistic," Lisov said.
Originally posted by AlienChaser
Awesome, I love to see this and I think its a great idea. I would love to see peacefull space race. Even if it's Russia Imagine how long that rocket could travel, how fast??
To avoid liftoff why couldn't they build the rocket in orbit? I don't know a lot about these type of logistics but look at the space station. Why couldn't they just build space station style and when its ready fire it up and head for mars. They could build a lander to take them down and back to Mars orbit.
I think it's all plausible, anyone.....?
Either way it's good to see someone is still trying to go further than the space station. Good stuff...
Originally posted by serbsta
I'm not expert but i don't think ISS would be very aero-dynamic in terms of its shape to allow for adequate space travel.
Originally posted by AlienChaser
Right it wouldn't have to look like the ISS but it could be assembled like it piece by piece into an advanced spacecraft designed for travel.
It would probably also be safer to fire up a nuclear rocket in space rather than try to launch it from ground.
Just fun stuff to talk about, experts welcome.
Originally posted by crisko
...I think he meant assemble it in space, taking the parts up via multiple launches - space station style
It also makes more sense should a rocket fail and 'splode. You won't lose the entire thing, just a part of it.
I applaud Russia for thinking POWER. Now if China could get their anti-gravity research to bear fruit, and those nations worked together… then someone on this planet would finally produce a real spaceship
...It really makes one consider what exactly a "real" spaceship is???