Gigawatt, quasi-steady plasma flow facility for fusion rocket simulations

P. J. Turchi, P. Gessini, P. G. Mikellides, H. Kamhawi, T. Umeki

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Abstract

Human exploration of the Solar System would benefit greatly from substantially reduced trip-times (e.g., months vs years). To achieve the necessary high thrust-to-weight rocket at exhaust velocities optimized for fast interplanetary transfers, very hightemperature (-100 keV) plasma extracted from a thermonuclear fusion reactor would heat much larger masses of hydrogen plasma to high temperature (-100 eV). While much lower, such temperatures still require the use of magnetic fields to obtain a directed rocket exhaust. Thus, many concepts for fusion-heated rockets have development of efficient magnetic nozzles on their critical path. The Godzilla gigawatt pulser can provide a testbed for such development.

Original languageEnglish (US)
StatePublished - 1998
Externally publishedYes
Event34th AIAA/ASME/SAE/ASEE Joint Propulsion Conference and Exhibit, 1998 - Cleveland, United States
Duration: Jul 13 1998Jul 15 1998

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Other34th AIAA/ASME/SAE/ASEE Joint Propulsion Conference and Exhibit, 1998
CountryUnited States
CityCleveland
Period7/13/987/15/98

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Energy Engineering and Power Technology
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Control and Systems Engineering
  • Aerospace Engineering

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