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A team of Chinese researchers announced today, Monday, the completion of the development of a prototype of a powerful nuclear reactor for the Chinese space program, which is 100 times more capable of generating electricity than the American counterpart, which NASA plans to install on the surface of the moon by 2030.
According to Chinese researchers, traditional fuels and solar panels will not be enough to meet the human needs for space exploration, which is expected to expand greatly, and China is seriously considering securing future energy needs on the lunar surface, where human settlements on the Moon or Mars will be in the future plan.
“Cooling technology is one of the main challenges of the Chinese space reactor, only part of the heat generated by the reactor will be used to generate electricity, and the rest must be quickly dissipated in space to avoid any Uncalculated side effects.
To address this issue, the reactor will use a collapsible structure like a canopy to increase the overall surface area of heat radiators into space.
Not the first nuclear project in space
This is not the first time that nuclear energy has been used in space. Nuclear energy has been used for space exploration for decades, according to the Russian nuclear energy giant Rosatom.
According to recent estimates made by various research centers, the use of atomic energy for long-distance space flights will save financial resources and reduce the time of interplanetary expeditions. The trip to Mars with a nuclear engine would be three times shorter than those using conventional chemical-fueled jet engines. And it will be possible to reach the limits of the solar system not in 10 years, but only in 3 years.
November 23, 13:23 GMT
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