Peripheral Vision 003: Professor John Slough on how nuclear power could get us to Mars in 30 days

Nuclear powered propulsion is hardly new but it seems Dr Slough has come up with a really elegant system and hopefully someone will fund it. It would be wonderful if someone like Elon Musk bought the company and built a automated test platform to fly to Mars and back to test the system. Regardless 30 day trips to Mars would make human habitation and research completely viable. Very exciting stuff.

 

Peripheral Vision 003: Professor John Slough on how nuclear power could get us to Mars in 30 days.

 

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2 Responses to Peripheral Vision 003: Professor John Slough on how nuclear power could get us to Mars in 30 days

  1. You mean we are going to create a fusion engine and the fist thing we are going to do is send it to Mars? Lets keep it on the ground for a while and solve our other problems. 🙂

    • ordo tacitus says:

      Well we would send it on a round trip or more likely send it to somewhere between the earth and moon or just on a circuit between the earth and moon to test running the engine for a long time in space and to ease telemetry tracking. As for keeping it on the ground and solving the earths problems… well 50k years of humanity and we have most of the same problems they have just either changed in scope or scale. The same argument though was made during the US space program. Keep all the money here at home and help the needy. Well the space program helped more of the needy than any social program by kicking of cycle of innovation that helped generate cheap computers, advanced materials, new energetics, automation, etc. One could even argue that the US is still living off the R&D investments of the Cold War Space Programs. What we really need, to help everyone, is some clear goals as a society. Man spaced flight is one that pays untold dividends and will continue to although I suspect that Government backed space flight it going to recede in importance as the Virgin Space, Space X, and other private ventures push the frontiers.

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