China aims at nuclear fuel-powered space shuttle by 2040

China aims at nuclear fuel-powered space shuttle by 2040

China plans large-scale space exploration with nuclear fuel-powered space shuttles. A report published by China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation indicated that nuclear-powered space shuttles can also be used for asteroid mining. The report was published by state news agency Xinhua.

By year 2030, China aims to develop its space exploration industry and has also set its eyes on becoming major space exploration power. The space program setup by Chinese scientists and officials is ambitious.

In 2018, China plans to land a rover on the dark side of the Moon. This mission will study geology of the far side of the Moon. The far side of the Moon gets illuminated when the region facing earth is dark.

“China has developed advanced space capabilities and has already landed on the side of the Moon that always faces the Earth,” says John Logsdon, a professor emeritus at George Washington University and founder of its Space Policy Institute. “Landing on the far side is trickier because of communication problems, but seems very feasible.”

China also plans to develop completely reusable carrier rockets and “future-generation intelligent carrier rockets” by around 2035. “By then, common people will be able to take reusable carrier vehicles to travel in space,” Tang Yagang, the director of carrier rocket development at the China Academy of Launch Vehicle Technology.

The new report published by Xinhua has not provided any further details about China’s nuclear-powered space shuttles.