TEM (nuclear propulsion)

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TEM (Russian: Транспортно-энергетический модуль, "transport and energy module\unit", NPPS in English) is a nuclear propulsion spacecraft project between the Russian Keldysh Research Center,[1] NIKIET (Research and Design Institute of Power Engineering) institute[2][3] and Rosatom.


A Russian project to create an uncrewed nuclear electric rocket spaceship for Solar system exploration. The planned date for the first reactor tests is set for 2018.




Project history[edit]

2009 - Project started.

March 2016 - First batch of nuclear fuel received[4]

October 2018 - Successful initial tests of the water droplet radiator system[5]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Александр Емельяненков (3 October 2012). "Буксир в невесомость". "Российская газета". Retrieved 2016-11-15. "Центр Келдыша", которым я руковожу, назначен головным по ядерной энергодвигательной установке.
  2. ^ "DailyTech - Russia is Developing Nuclear Fission Spaceship to Reach the Red Planet". Dailytech.com. Archived from the original on 20 August 2017. Retrieved 20 August 2017.
  3. ^ "Plutonium to Pluto: Russian nuclear space travel breakthrough". Rt.com. Retrieved 20 August 2017.
  4. ^ Sputnik. "Russia's Rosatom Receives First Batch of Fuel for Space Nuclear Engine". sputniknews.com. Retrieved 20 August 2017.
  5. ^ RT. "Russia 'tests' key piece of nuclear space engine to revolutionize long-range missions". rt.com. Retrieved 15 November 2018.

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