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An inertial fusion propulsion scheme for solar system exploration

By Terry Kammash and David L. Galbraith

Abstract

A novel fusion scheme that combines the favorable aspects of both inertial and magnetic confinement approaches is analyzed as a propulsion device for potential utilization in solar system exploration. Using an appropriate set of equations for the plasma dynamics and the magnetic nozzle, we assess the system’s propulsive capability by applying the results to a round trip mission to Mars. We find that such a device would allow a massive vehicle to make the journey in less than five months

Publisher: The American Institute of Physics
Year: 1991
DOI identifier: 10.1063/1.40136
OAI identifier: oai:deepblue.lib.umich.edu:2027.42/87799

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