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Nuclear Rocket Development Station (NRDS)

Experimental nuclear rocket engine assembly at Nuclear Rocket Development Station
The first ground experimental nuclear rocket engine (XE) assembly, (left), is shown here in cold flow configuration, as it makes a late evening arrival at Engine Test Stand No. 1 at the Nuclear Rocket Development Station. Image credit: NASA, 1967
NASA-AEC (Atomic Energy Commission) facility concerned with performing research and development work on nuclear-powered rocket engines, such as the KIWI series, intended for use on upper-stage space flight propulsion. The test site is located at Jackass Flats, about 160 km (100 miles) northeast of Las Vegas, Nevada.

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