nuclear-electric propulsion

nuclear-electric propulsion

[′nü·klē·ər i¦lek·trik prə‚pəl·shən]
(aerospace engineering)
A system of propulsion utilizing a nuclear reactor to generate electricity which is then used in an electric propulsion system or as a heat source for the working fluid.
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Initial flight tests will involve a nuclear-electric propulsion system, Thome says.
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