NASA to test nuclear thermal rocket engine for the first time in 50 years

Aeson

I learned nerd for this.

Let's ride that bomb to Mars. ALL ABOARD!
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Aeson

I learned nerd for this.
They can't work on more than one project at a time? Artemis is in progress. They just did an unmanned orbit with the Orion module.
 


They can't work on more than one project at a time?
Absolutely they can. Just thought given their delay with manned missions in the Artemis missions and the financial climate that exists they may not want to stretch themselves too thin resulting in the unnessary feeding of a bottomless pit of taxpayer money with nothing to show for it.
 
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Umbran

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Absolutely they can. Just thought given their delay with manned missions in the Artemis missions and the financial climate that exists they may not want to stretch themselves too thin resulting in the unnessary feeding of a bottomless pit of taxpayer money with nothing to show for it.

Designing a new nuclear rocket, and testing a conventional one up to rating to carry passengers, are not terribly similar endeavors, so I don't expect there's a lot of overlap that would be "stretching thin".

NASA has bottomless pits of money because they are forced to be so incredibly risk-averse that they cannot make mistakes to learn from, which slows them down. This, as compared to SpaceX, which can blow up or lose rocket after rocket as part of their learning process.
 

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