According to the documents of the “Ross Cosmos” Foundation, Russia plans to create a nuclear space locomotive for trips to other planets of the solar system.
It is reported that Dmitriy Rogozin, Director General of the “Ross Cosmos” Foundation, announced in July 2020 that work on this project was being carried out actively.
The documents indicate that creating a space complex with a transport and energy unit, depending on a nuclear power plant, within the framework of developing the Nuclon locomotive project requires huge sums of money.
Currently, experts of the companies affiliated with the “Ross Cosmos” Corporation are working on designing the transmission and power unit, based on a nuclear power plant of a megawatt class. It is planned to build a technical complex for preparing satellites using the transport and energy unit, at Vostochny Space Airport, to start operating in 2030.
It is reported that Yuri Aurlic, Deputy Director General of the “Ross Cosmos” Foundation, had submitted a report in January 2020 at the 19th Academic Forum in Moscow, in which he stated that he plans to launch the space locomotive by 2030.