Open Source Liquid Fuel Rocket (Nuclear Thermal Variety)

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- A rocket engine that uses the heating of a liquid, using either a radioisotope, a fission reactor,, or possibly a fusion reactor, to produce thrust

- Has the highest specific impulse (exluding ion engines)

- Is useful only in space, or very high atmosphere

- Great as a heavy duty orbital control system, or as a deep space vehicle's propulsion system

- Uses a single fuel

Used For

- Open Source Spacecraft Construction Set

Industry Standards


Existing Open Source Designs


Minimum Viable Product

- Extremely High Thrust

- Extremely Reliable

- As Light as Possible

- As High of a Specific Impulse as Possible

- As Cheap as Possible

- Complies with all regulations (of course)

Basic Design




See Also


Useful Links

- Wikipedia Page on Liquid Nuclear Thermal Rocket Engines