It was made by a team of 20 specialists at Thales' PS6million Space Propulsion
Integration Centre in Belfast.
Woodward and Heidi Fearn to advance their study on space propulsion
for future human exploration missions.
"The nuclear vessels are built to colonize the solar system and beyond," Wang Changhui, a space propulsion
expert at the School of Astronautics at Beihang University in Beijing, told the South China Morning Post.
NanoSpace's propulsion technology and products are based on its expertise in applying MEMS (Micro Electro Mechanical Systems) technology to space propulsion
and satellite station keeping providing unique advantages in miniaturization and precise thrust control.
The 76 papers presented during the January/February 2015 conference report on advances in hardware and software for aerospace guidance, navigation, and control, space propulsion
, proximity operations, and low-thrust mission planning.
This pressure, when paralleled with increased interest in a human Mars mission, has reignited research pertaining to NTRs, and accordingly, the development of Universities Space Research Association's Space Propulsion
Optimization Code (SPOC).
BUSEK Space Propulsion
and Systems is pursuing pulsed plasma and ion thrusters, producing very low thrust at very high efficiencies.
British private equity fund Cinven wants to sell its 81 percent stake in Italian space propulsion
company Avio and has said several buyers, including Safran, have expressed interest.
Micropropulsion thruster concepts will then be considered to provide an overview for a feasible, cost-effective, microwave microplasma microthruster (3MT) space propulsion
Cinven and Finmeccanica also said that they would now work on establishing industrial alliances to ensure "the long-term competitiveness" of Avio's space propulsion
unit, which makes components for rocket engines, including lateral boosters for the European Ariane 5 launcher.