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DARPA awards contracts for orbital nuclear propulsion demonstrator

Artist's concept of a nuclear-propelled spacecraft

DARPA’s nuclear space rocket project is progressing, with contracts awarded to General Atomics, Blue Origin, and Lockheed Martin for the first phase of the agency’s Demonstration Rocket for Agile Cislunar Operations (DRACO) program. The goal is to place a Nuclear Thermal Propulsion (NTP) demonstrator into low Earth orbit by 2025.

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