New Space Transporter on the Horizon?
A ‘curious’ news story regarding radiation tests Curiosity carried out on its way to Mars emerged this evening. Is this a priming event for a forthcoming space-tech announcement?
‘At the moment, given existing chemical propulsion technology, Mars transits take months.
“The situation would be greatly improved if we could only get there quite a bit faster,” Dr Zeitlin told BBC News.
“It is not just the dose rate that is the problem; it is the number of days that one accumulates that dose that drives the total towards or beyond the career limits. Improved propulsion would really be the ticket if someone could make that work.”
New types of propulsion, such as plasma and nuclear thermal rockets, are in development. These could bring the journey time down to a number of weeks.’
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