Russia to Continue Development of Nuclear Engine for Deep Space Flights

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Russia plans to ceate a nuclear engine for deep space flights in 2029-2030.

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MOSCOW (Sputnik) – Russia will continue its plans to create a nuclear engine for deep space flights, according to the country’s 2016-2025 Federal Space Program.

A number of news agencies earlier said that Roscosmos was apparently planning on closing down its work on creating a megawatt-class nuclear engine meant for deep space flights.

According to the Federal Space Program, the creation of the nuclear engine is scheduled for 2029-2030.

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The Russian Federal Space Program will include a number of other ambitious projects such as a moon exploration program, which will send a manned mission to the Earth's natural satellite, and the construction of a super-heavy rocket needed to send spacecraft beyond Earth's orbit.

It is expected to be submitted to the government by June 10, 2015.

According to Roscosmos, the budgetary requirements for the Space Program through 2025 will be approximately $37 billion.

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