Thermonuclear Rocket Engine

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 It might be outdated or ideologically biased.

Thermonuclear Rocket Engine

 

a hypothetical nuclear rocket engine that develops thrust by ejecting the products of a controlled thermonuclear reaction or by ejecting a working fluid, such as hydrogen, that has been heated by the energy released in the reaction. The theoretical velocity of the rocket exhaust from a thermonuclear engine is several thousand kilometers per second. Thermonuclear rocket engines are of potential use in near-earth and interplanetary spaceflights.

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