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Oxidiser: Nuclear.

Nuclear thermal engines use the heat of a nuclear reactor to heat a propellant. Although early Russian designs used ammonia or alcohol as propellant, the ideal working fluid is the liquid form of the lightest element, hydrogen. Nuclear engines would have twice the performance of conventional chemical rocket engines. Although successfully tested in both Russia and America, they have never been flown due primarily to environmental and safety concerns.


Fuel: Ammonia+Alcohol. Fuel.Comments: Proposed as the propellant to be heated by a thermal nuclear reactor in one Soviet design of 1960.
Engines Using Nuclear/Ammonia+Alcohol

Eng-engineslink Thrust(vac)-kgf Thrust(vac)-kN Isp-sec Isp (sea level)-sec Designed for Status
YaRD OKB-670 170,000 1,667.00 470 430 First Stages Developed 1958-1960


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