Internal Nuclear Propulsion System for Future Space Applications




Space Exploration, Nuclear Propulsion, Nuclear Fusion, Internal Nuclear Propulsion, Reactor, Thrust


Internal nuclear pulse propulsion (INPP) represents a novel approach to space propulsion, where controlled nuclear detonations occur within the spacecraft itself, offering potential advantages in safety and propulsion control compared to conventional external detonation designs like Project Orion. INPP relies on the same fundamental principles of nuclear pulse propulsion, utilizing the momentum generated by nuclear explosions to propel the spacecraft forward. Proposed INPP designs involve strategically placing small nuclear devices within the spacecraft's structure, detonating them in sequence to produce controlled impulses for propulsion. However, significant engineering challenges, such as radiation shielding, precise detonation control, and safety considerations, must be addressed to realize the full potential of INPP. Despite these hurdles, ongoing research and development efforts aim to harness the transformative capabilities of INPP, promising to revolutionize space exploration by enabling efficient and rapid interstellar travel while ensuring the safety of spacecraft and crew.


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How to Cite

K S, R., & Samandeep Kour. (2024). Internal Nuclear Propulsion System for Future Space Applications. Acceleron Aerospace Journal, 2(5), 300–305.