NERVA

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NERVA is an acronym for Nuclear Engine for Rocket Vehicle Application. It was a design for a nuclear thermal rocket engine.
en.wikipedia.org/wiki/NERVA


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    sutenvulf

    is this thing stable?

    NoOneInParticular

    Yes. It’s pretty simple, actually. It’s just a small fission reactor where instead of using the steam to drive a turbine for electricity, you run it through a rocket nozzle to provide thrust (the propellant is usually hydrogen instead of water). The main problem is the weight of the reactor and shielding for people/equipment in the vehicle.