The user german_kmw of the LiveJournal platform has published pictures of a technological model of a Russian nuclear space tug made in metal.
The post says that the product “will be used, apparently, as a technological model on the ground for testing, fitting, to see how the product will look and function in metal.”
In September, the executive director of Roskosmos for promising programs and science Alexander Bloshenko said that the state corporation planned to sign a contract by the end of this year, involving the development of the Nuclon nuclear space tug, which will be launched to one of Jupiter's satellites in 2030.
In August 2019, it became known that within the framework of the state program “Space activities of Russia for 2013-2020″, design documentation was developed, a number of components of a model of a ground-based prototype of a transport and energy module (TEM) based on a nuclear power plant of a megawatt class (” nuclear tug “).
In November 2018, the appearance of a “nuclear tug” was presented in Russia.
In October, the state scientific “Keldysh Center” announced the successful completion of ground tests of the cooling system for a megawatt class nuclear power propulsion system.
The project entitled “Creation of a transport and energy module based on a megawatt-class nuclear power plant” was approved in 2010 by the presidential commission for modernization and technological development of the Russian economy. 17 billion rubles were allocated from the budget for its implementation.