Moscow. 22nd of May. INTERFAX.RU – The first launch using the Zeus orbital nuclear installation will take place in 2030, said Alexander Bloshenko, executive director of Roscosmos for promising programs and science.
Speaking at the New Knowledge marathon, he said that at the moment, together with the Russian Academy of Sciences, the ballistics of this mission and the payload are being calculated.
“We will start at the Earth, then we make an approach to the Moon, separate the spacecraft there, the gravitational maneuver at Venus, the separation of the apparatus there. Then we fly towards Jupiter and its satellites. There is a place where everyone's attention is now riveted” said Bloshenko.
In December 2020, the head of the state corporation Dmitry Rogozin announced that the Russian orbital nuclear power plant would be named Zeus.
On December 11, the head of Roskosmos announced that promising Russian ships and orbital stations could receive nuclear power plants.
As reported, Roskosmos signed a contract with the Avangard Design Bureau for the development of a preliminary design for the Nuclon complex with a nuclear power plant.
The first deputy head of Roscosmos, Yuri Urlichich, previously stated that prototypes of a nuclear power plant should be ready in 2025. The first flight of the “nuclear tug” is planned for the 2030s.
Nuclear power has already been used in space: in the period from 1970 to 1988, 32 spacecraft with a thermoelectric nuclear power plant were launched in the USSR, and in the period from 1960 to 1980 a nuclear rocket engine was developed and tested at the Semipalatinsk test site.