Maneuver Warfare in Space: The Strategic Imperative for Nuclear Thermal Propulsion

Defense News | July 8, 2021 | Chris Stone |

Traditional chemical propellants used in current satellite designs are only designed to last for a limited life span, increasing the likelihood an adversary could “run them dry” by forcing more defensive maneuvers than their energy stores can sustain. Thanks to advances in technology, nuclear thermal propulsion would provide a solution to this challenge. Even though it sounds straight out of science fiction, advances in materials, testing and technology are now able to provide crucial space propulsion options for defense space applications.

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