Russia and NASA to discuss nuclear-powered spaceship project

Russia`s Federal Space Agency (Roscosmos) on Monday announced that it will discuss a nuclear-powered spaceship project with the United States` National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), RIA Novosti reported.
Roscosmos director Anatoly Perminov said that the meeting will be held on April 15.
He added that other countries with a high level of reactor manufacturing technology will also take part of the project but did not name them.
“A nuclear engine design is to be completed by 2012, while the project`s implementation will require 17 billion rubles ($600 million),” said Perminov.
“Most of the funding will come from Russian state-run nuclear corporation Rosatom.” Last year, the Roscosmos director said that developing spacecraft powered with nuclear engines was a very promising area…

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