NOVA engine is a nuclear engine works with deuterium plasma and tritium plasma to create a fusion and that produces alpha particle (a helium nucleus ) and a neutron.  This is a nuclear reaction: between them, the new alpha and the neutron possess 17.6 MeV (million electron volts) of energy. The helium nucleus will be accelerated out of a magnetic nozzle in a very high speed with the energy made by the nuclear reaction and that produces high thrust of plasma propulsion with a long duration of gas injection.

This project is solving the Create Your Own Asteroid Mission challenge.


Fusion-powered rockets could provide longer thrust than chemical rockets, which burn their fuel quickly. It's believed that fusion propulsion will allow rapid travel to anywhere in our solar system, and could allow round trips from Earth to Jupiter in just two years.

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  • Mohamed Khlifi