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New Nuclear Engine Could Power Deep-Space Exploration

 
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11/28/2012 02:51 PM
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New Nuclear Engine Could Power Deep-Space Exploration
Researchers have tested a small prototype of a nuclear-reactor engine design that could one day power deep-space exploration probes.

The proposed design is based on a Stirling engine – an engine first invented in the 19th century that uses hot pressurized gas to push a piston. It would use a 50-pound nuclear uranium battery to generate heat that is then carried to eight Stirling engines to produce about 500 watts of power.

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Last Edited by Rain-Man on 11/28/2012 02:52 PM

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