John Picard wrote:
One issue I see with a nuclear propelled vehicle is having a nuclear physicist on board to monitor and adjust the reactor as needed.
Big deal, just put one in as part of the flight crew, and they check out the reactor(s) as needed to, like any engineer usually does on a nuclear powered ship on Earth. No big whoop.
And such a ship would (and should be) built in space anyway, in a spacedock adjacent to the ISS. No protests would happen.