Russia plans outlandish 'interstellar missions': Nuclear-powered spacecraft taking astronauts beyond Mars is proposed by its space agency Roscosmos
Russia has revealed outlandish plans for a nuclear-powered spacecraft that could take astronauts beyond Mars and on interstellar missions in the future.
A research centre in the country made the bizarre claim and said it is building the rocket, which would be capable of reaching Mars in just seven months.
The alleged spacecraft is said to be able to launch only 48 hours after landing and scientists have allegedly been working on the novel system since 2009.
Roscosmos claims to have created a gas-cooled fission reactor which powers a plasma thruster in order to propel the rocket.
While the technology is possible, many will be sceptical over the secretive state's claims - particularly given the safety risks posed by a nuclear rocket.
SpaceX and Nasa both intend to place humans on Mars, and current estimates suggest the first people on the red planet will arrive by the 2030s.
The space agency claimed the rocket will not need sunlight or solar batteries for operation as the fission reactor will provide ample energy.
Roscosmos claims the craft will be capable of 'interstellar' travel and added that Elon Musk is using 'old technology'.
Vladimir Koshlakov, chief of Keldysh Research Center, said: 'A mission to Mars is possible in the very near future, but that's not an aim in itself.
'Our engines can be the foundation for a whole range of space missions that currently seem like science fiction.
'Reusability is the priority. We must develop engines that do not need to be fine-tuned or repaired more than once every ten flights.
'Also, 48 hours after the rocket returns from space, it must be ready to go again. This is what the market demands.'
The state-run space agency has yet to announce a launch date for the spacecraft but has confidently stated it will revolutionise the industry.
Mr Koshlakov added:'Elon Musk is using the existing tech, developed a long time ago.
'He is a businessman: he took a solution that was already there, and applied it successfully. Notably, he is also doing his work with help from the go nment.'
It is hoped the spaceship will be able to carry passengers and crew once a material is developed to protect them from the radiation.
Nasa currently has plans to launch the first manned mission to Mars sometime in the 2030s.
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JustAnotherVoice, Camp Geiger, United States, 9 hours ago
Various plans for nuclear propulsion for space voyages have been brought up and worked on since the 1950s.
oohyouareawful, butilikeyou, United Kingdom, 15 hours ago
Blimey how busy are they! Election tampering in the US, tampering with the UK referendum, collusion with DT and now this.
indiana realist, griffith, United States, 17 hours ago
This technology is based on new coal burning stealthy Russian naval ships that exhaust their smoke underwater rather than to the atmosphere with traditional smokestacks.
SkorComp, Leningrad, Russia, 23 hours ago
I remind you that the earth will not exist forever. The sooner humanity finds a way to colonize space, the greater the chances for the species to survive in the future. And instead of working together on this, stupid people just want to fight instead of contemplation.
Gav, The Fens, United Kingdom, 23 hours ago
Basically it's a race between the United States and Russia to produce the most convincing video footage.... again.
Napalm Facepalm, belfast, United Kingdom, 1 day ago
It can't even get to Mars
badass-ninja, Edinburgh, United Kingdom, 1 day ago
And developing the material used to shield from radiation will be the biggest challenge of all
mick, Wellington nz, 1 day ago
Everyone should be aware that Russia supplies ALL the rocket engines America uses to get to space. It's a new world and Russia is at the cutting edge!
Jonnyboy90, Cambridgeshire, United Kingdom, 1 day ago
They couldn't even get to the moon, Russian technology, weaponry and equipment is notoriously unreliable!!
Colin888, Hadleigh, United Kingdom, 2 days ago
The Russkies are right about one thing; Musk is using old technology and the other car manufacturers will catch him up and pass him soon.....
KensingtonJane, London, United Kingdom, 2 days ago
Divert funds from space exploration to resolving human poverty.
madman25, worcester, United Kingdom, 2 days ago
The plans for nuclear powered spacecraft have been around since the sixties... Nothing new
Charcaradon, Midlands, United Kingdom, 2 days ago
What a load of crap
mchop, New York, United States, 2 days ago
The World's gas station is going to Mars.
David Branaghan, Live With idiot Government, United Kingdom, 2 days ago
Russia really love their nuclear?
Boredomlevels9000, Downtown Wakanda, Uganda, 2 days ago
It's only being labeled as outlandish, practical as it sounds, because Russia is behind it. SpaceX has had more bizarre plans whose practicality DM never questioned.
eebahgum, NYorks, United Kingdom, 2 days ago
It will never happen. By anyone or any nation.
SetantaCuchulainn, Belfast, Ireland, 2 days ago
Omg imagine how Trump will react if Russia gets to Mars first.
Nick.hywood, reading , United Kingdom, 2 days ago
So they are saying they are going to put a nuclear reactor in a spacecraft? Those things are big and heavy and the reactions are very difficult to contain even in today's nuclear power plants. Good idea but pass our time in technology.
Paul Moffat, brandon, Canada, 2 days ago
NASA had a flight ready Nuclear Thermal engine in the 1970's. It was fired for over 2 hours, until they ran out of liquid hydrogen that was the propellant. It was to be used for their Mars missions planned for the mid '70s.
CD_26, Gotham, United Kingdom, 2 days ago
How exactly do they plan to cool the nuclear material?
Mzungu, Sodden-on-the-Water, United Kingdom, 2 days ago
Put Mad Vlad in the spacecraft and give him a one way ticket to Mars. That will be a big favour for the rest of the world.
Stuart M, Falkirk, United Kingdom, 2 days ago
Good luck to them, and may they succeed in this great challenge.
Godguy, Inverness, United Kingdom, 2 days ago
Believe it when I see it!
King Rollo, Ward Robe - Spare Oom, United Kingdom, 2 days ago
Cobblers. These are just pictures intended to goad Trump into some financially ruinous retaliation project. Nobody is falling for this BS.
On the button, UK, United Kingdom, 2 days ago
Would be good to see what NASA and Roscosmos could achieve if they worked together.
StevenJ, Cleveland Ohio, United States, 2 days ago
Will the next spacecraft be called "stupidnik."
mitejojr, Haverhill , United States, 2 days ago
Funny , they never even got to the moon.
bolter, beached, United Kingdom, 2 days ago
Bravo, a Space Race is the way to go, not Tanks and Military Rockets .
NorfolkInCountryLeft, London, United Kingdom, 2 days ago
And if a Nuclear-powered spacecraft explodes on takeoff. Chernobyl ++.
NorfolkInCountryLeft, London, United Kingdom, 2 days ago
Is Putin a passenger.