Russia says it’s going to beat Elon Musk and SpaceX’s ‘old tech’ with a nuclear rocket

Russia says it’s going to beat Elon Musk and SpaceX’s ‘old tech’ with a nuclear rocket, by Mike Wehner.

Elon Musk and SpaceX won’t be leading the reusable rocket space race long, at least not if Russia has anything to say about it. Russia’s Keldysh Research Center has been working on a reusable rocket solution for nearly a decade now, and now it’s ramping up the hype with a new concept video showing how its spacecraft works. …

Musk, Koshlakov says, is relying on technology that will soon be antiquated, while Russia is looking towards shaping the future of spaceflight.

The Russian researchers say that their nuclear-powered rocket platform will be able to make it to Mars seven months after launch, and that its reusable rocket stages can be put back into service after just 48 hours.

Who knows? Russia has developed a habit of over talking future tech. It’s worth keeping mind that its economy isn’t much bigger than Australia’s nowadays (though ours is puffed up by a real estate bubble).