Russian scientists have begun testing the various parts of the nuclear propulsion system, which will equip interplanetary probe and future spacecraft.
Russian nuclear missile created in Skolkovo. "Currently, we are testing various types of fuel, and then move on to the final assembly," — said Denis Kavalevich, a leading research group.
In 2010, Anatoly Perminov, the then president of the space agency "Roskosmos", confirmed the existence of the program, saying that the matter will expand cooperation with the United States. The list of countries that could be involved in this project, were also included China, Japan, Germany, France and the United Kingdom. Russian and Chinese scientists have been working on this front in the informal mode. Washington’s response was not followed — and then Moscow continued to work on their own, according to a plan developed jointly by Roskosmos and Rosatom. In 2010, the Russian government has approved funding for the project in the amount of seventeen million dollars (out of a total 247 million) as the first part of the program for the next five years.
Nuclear missiles developed in the last decade in the United States (Project Rover), and in Russia (Project RD-0410). Russian, however, have a broader plan, even going to the nineties of the last century. In those same years, NASA was considering similar issues, but the program stopped in 2003. Until now, NASA used radioisotope generators only probes used near the Earth.
Russian scientists have never denied that they are engaged in the nuclear space engines, as this is the only possibility to reach the boundaries solar system, reducing the time of the flight. Interplanetary flight is scheduled for 2025. The material published in the newspaper Corriera Della Sera (Italy) on 05.04.2012, Russian translation — a paper version of the newspaper "Neva time" for 04/14/1012.