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Russia to make prototype nuke engine

MOSCOW, July 27 — A prototype nuclear engine for interplanetary flights will be created in Russia in five years, according to head of Russia’s Space Agency (Roscosmos) Vladimir Popovkin.

“I think we shall make a prototype in 2017. And then it will be time to take a decision whether to make a spacecraft or not,” he said.

“But so far, it is necessary to make a prototype and test it.”

According to the Roscosmos head, research and design works are underway. “As a matter of fact, Russia is the leader in this sector,” he stressed.

“Rosatom is working on a nuclear reactor and we are developing all the rest.” (PNA/Itar-Tass)

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