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China Develops Engine to Travel in Record Time to Mars and Neptune

The news of the last few weeks in the Chinese media that was later deleted revealed that the “Mini Nuclear Reactor” they were working with is ready. In short, the engine to travel to Mars and Neptune may already be operational.

C̳h̳i̳n̳a̳ develops engine to travel in record time to Mars and Neptune

In recent days different media have ensured that the reactor has undergone a great performance evaluation. This test was organized by the Ministry of Science and Technology of the Asian country.

Interestingly, the news was deleted, but theorists assured that this is proof that the Machine to travel to space in record time is ready.

The “Super” Chinese Engine for Space Travel is Ready
The news did not detail the exact use that C̳h̳i̳n̳a̳ wants to give the reactor. However, these nuclear propulsion systems are the same ones that other countries have studied to circumvent the limitations of solar panels and chemical fuels during space travel. Especially for traveling to other planets.

By the end of the year, the Chinese government had already mentioned this reactor and assured that the prototype phase had already been completed. He further stated that engineers had already built some of the essential parts.

The South C̳h̳i̳n̳a̳ Morning Post said the mini-reactor project started in 2019 with government funding.

As the Hong Kong newspaper reported at the time, now confirmed by Chinese media, the reactor can reach a megawatt of power. Something far superior to what similar projects arrive.

That\’s where theorists and C̳h̳i̳n̳a̳\’s alleged plan to explore Neptune, Triton, its largest moon, and the other satellites and rings come in. That\’s a 10-kilowatt nuclear-powered spacecraft.

Ion thrusters are extremely efficient and require very little fuel.

C̳h̳i̳n̳a̳ develops engine to travel in record time to Mars and Neptune
The system uses a magnetic field that limits the movement of an element\’s electrons and ionizes them to accelerate them and produce a force that propels the aircraft.

Reach Other P̳l̳a̳n̳e̳t̳s̳
To get the speed needed to get to Mars in just over a month, Chinese engineers wanted to build a 200 megawatt booster. A rather ambitious goal especially if you take into account that the normal power of this type of motor is between 1 and 7 kilowatts.

The United States is also working on creating new nuclear-powered spacecraft. And both DARPA and NASA and the Department of Defense develop different concepts.

However, if it is true that C̳h̳i̳n̳a̳ already has its mini nuclear reactor ready, it would overtake the powers in the new space race.

One of the most important goals, considering that last year a researcher from the Chinese Academy of Sciences anonymously said the following:

“Nuclear energy is the most promising solution. Other nations have launched some ambitious plans, but C̳h̳i̳n̳a̳ cannot afford to lose this race.”

Everything seems to indicate that C̳h̳i̳n̳a̳ is ahead and could be the first nation to reach another planet. What would that mean for Earth?

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