NASA revealed that it is creating a nuclear-powered missile that can send humans to Mars much faster than a conventional vehicle, as the US space agency has entered into a partnership with the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) on the missile program that will be tested in 2027, and here we present 5 Important information about this new missile, according to the British newspaper “Daily Mail”:
1- The rocket will reduce the travel time to Mars, which currently takes seven months.
2- A nuclear thermonuclear missile (NTR) provides a high thrust-to-weight ratio of about 10,000 times greater than electric propulsion and an efficiency two to five times greater than chemical propulsion in space.-
3- The missile is a product of the space agency studying the concept of nuclear thermal propulsion for decades. This technology introduces heat from a nuclear fission reactor into a hydrogen propellant to provide thrust that is believed to be much more efficient than conventional chemical-based rocket engines.--
4- Besides a faster transit, the groups said that NTR will reduce risks to astronauts because they will not be traveling through space for a long time. This will significantly reduce the time astronauts are exposed to deep space radiation and will require fewer supplies, such as food and other cargo, during Journey to Mars.
5. The ability to make leaps and bounds in advances in space technology through the DRACO thermonuclear missile program will be necessary to more efficiently and quickly move materials to the Moon and eventually people to Mars.”