Radioisotope Rocket Engine

The following article is from The Great Soviet Encyclopedia (1979). It might be outdated or ideologically biased.

Radioisotope Rocket Engine

 

a reaction engine in which energy from radio isotope decay is used to heat a working substance or in which the decay products themselves constitute the working substance. These engines are in the research stage. They may find applications in spacecraft in combination with a radioisotope thermoelectric generator.

The Great Soviet Encyclopedia, 3rd Edition (1970-1979). © 2010 The Gale Group, Inc. All rights reserved.
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