Within the NEP (Nuclear Electric Propulsion) RocketRoll (pReliminary eurOpean reCKon on nuclEar elecTric pROpuLsion for space appLications) project, we have successfully completed the second milestone, the main focus of which was the finalisation of the existing technologies study and the preparation of NEP safety considerations for space travels. The safety considerations encompass both the preparation of guidelines for the NEP use in space and a detailed risk analysis in case of a theoretical failure and contamination of the Earth.
Moreover, the consortium led by OHB Czechspace has started to work on the thorough design of the NEP demonstrator that will be scalable for travels to Mars and deep space.
As part of the second milestone finalisation, we presented to representatives of the European Space Agency (ESA) the reactor´s preliminary design, a cooling system and a thermoelastic conversion system for the NEP space tug. OHB Czechspace and OHB System have also started a market and commercial application study for long-distance travel and cargo transport options to the Moon and Mars.
You can read more information about project NEP RocketRoll here.