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Zeus, the Russian spacecraft that works with nuclear energy | Digital Trends Spanish

In the middle of the Maks 2021 aviation show, It has been presented a model of the Russian spacecraft Zeus, which will operate with nuclear power.

Zeus is a ship that will serve various purposes. On the one hand, it will serve as a defense system and for this it includes electronic weapons and lasers, but it will also be a cargo ship that will be able to move cargo to various destinations in space. And it will be equipped with a tracking system that will allow it to detect different space objects.

But perhaps more important than the above is the fact that Zeus has enough power for space travel that until now has not been possible. The spacecraft will be what is called an orbiting nuclear plant, which has enough energy to send heavy cargo to Mars in a somewhat shorter time.

However, its promising operation in space will not start anytime soon. Zeus is currently in the construction phase and the final design is expected to be completed only in 2024. And then, it will take six more years until 2030, when it will just launch the first test flights.

Roscosmos, the Russian space agency, has high expectations with Zeus, since theoretically it could be sent to planets like Venus or Mars and even be able to transport what is necessary to install a base on other planets.

Zeus is another sign that there is a new space race taking place, one in which, in addition to Russia, the United States and China participate. And now it’s not just government agencies, but billionaires and private companies exploring the space on test flights, like what happened recently with Virgin Galactic and Blue Origin.

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