NASA’s first maned Mars mission could take half the time with a new nuclear engine. At least, that is what a new company based out of the Pacific Northwest is claiming. If their claim is true in the journey could be cut down significantly. NASA which is hoping to launch the first mission in a decade may use the engine. Specifically, due to the fact that all current designs would result in a voyage of more than half a year. If this new engine manages to live up to the expectations the journey would be one fourth of a year.
While the idea for a nuclear engine for the Mars mission has been thought of before numerous issues prevented it. Especially with the early designs which due to radiation concerns call for a truly large ship. Additionally, there were concerns over the stability of the fuel. However, this new design out of Pacific Northwest claims to have solved those problems. Indeed, they claim that their engine will be more reliable safer their previous designs. Additionally, it should also provide double the power of the strongest conventional engine used by NASA. this nuclear engine definitely could allow NASA’s first manned mission to Mars arrival in half the time. Most likely the astronauts would appreciate four months removed from the journey.
Of course, NASA’s first maned Mars mission is a long way off. Not just in terms of time but also distance as the planet is usually 40 million miles from Earth. Which makes the new engines claim efficiency and power even more impressive. Though NASA has taken delivery of the concept material they have yet to say if they will use it. Even if they do, the engine has to first be built and tested before being mounted a space ship. That being said, if it manages to make it this could be the beginning of a new age of space travel. One where not just NASA or government agencies traveling the solar system.