Roscosmos plans to spend 4.2 billion rubles for the development of a space nuclear tug that can fly to the planets of the solar system. This was reported by RIA Novosti with reference to the materials of state purchases.
It is planned to develop a preliminary design for the creation of a space complex with a transport and energy module based on a nuclear power plant as part of the development work “Nuclon”, follows from the documents.
In July, Roscosmos CEO Dmitry Rogozin announced that Russia was developing a nuclear space engine to send heavy ships to distant planets of the solar system and beyond. Prior to that, in May, he called the prospects of the nuclear tug being created “gigantic”.