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Title: Direct Fusion Drive for a Human Mars Orbital Mission

Abstract

The Direct Fusion Drive (DFD) is a nuclear fusion engine that produces both thrust and electric power. It employs a field reversed configuration with an odd-parity rotating magnetic field heating system to heat the plasma to fusion temperatures. The engine uses deuterium and helium-3 as fuel and additional deuterium that is heated in the scrape-off layer for thrust augmentation. In this way variable exhaust velocity and thrust is obtained.

Authors:
 [1];  [1];  [1];  [1];  [2];  [2];  [3];  [3]
  1. Princeton Satellite Systems
  2. PPPL
  3. Princeton University
Publication Date:
Research Org.:
Princeton Plasma Physics Lab. (PPPL), Princeton, NJ (United States)
Sponsoring Org.:
USDOE
OSTI Identifier:
1182281
Report Number(s):
PPPL-5064
DOE Contract Number:  
DE-AC02-09CH11466
Resource Type:
Conference
Resource Relation:
Journal Name: Proceedings, International Astronautical Congress (AIC) IAC-12,C4,7-C3.5,10; Conference: The 65th International Astronautical Congress (AIC), 29 September - 3 October, 2014, Toronto, Canada.
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
70 PLASMA PHYSICS AND FUSION TECHNOLOGY; Advanced Fuels; Compact Toroids; Electric Propulsion; Field Reversed Configurations; Rotamak

Citation Formats

Paluszek, Michael, Pajer, Gary, Razin, Yosef, Slonaker, James, Cohen, Samuel, Feder, Russ, Griffin, Kevin, and Walsh, Matthew. Direct Fusion Drive for a Human Mars Orbital Mission. United States: N. p., 2014. Web.
Paluszek, Michael, Pajer, Gary, Razin, Yosef, Slonaker, James, Cohen, Samuel, Feder, Russ, Griffin, Kevin, & Walsh, Matthew. Direct Fusion Drive for a Human Mars Orbital Mission. United States.
Paluszek, Michael, Pajer, Gary, Razin, Yosef, Slonaker, James, Cohen, Samuel, Feder, Russ, Griffin, Kevin, and Walsh, Matthew. Fri . "Direct Fusion Drive for a Human Mars Orbital Mission". United States. doi:. https://www.osti.gov/servlets/purl/1182281.
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title = {Direct Fusion Drive for a Human Mars Orbital Mission},
author = {Paluszek, Michael and Pajer, Gary and Razin, Yosef and Slonaker, James and Cohen, Samuel and Feder, Russ and Griffin, Kevin and Walsh, Matthew},
abstractNote = {The Direct Fusion Drive (DFD) is a nuclear fusion engine that produces both thrust and electric power. It employs a field reversed configuration with an odd-parity rotating magnetic field heating system to heat the plasma to fusion temperatures. The engine uses deuterium and helium-3 as fuel and additional deuterium that is heated in the scrape-off layer for thrust augmentation. In this way variable exhaust velocity and thrust is obtained.},
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journal = {Proceedings, International Astronautical Congress (AIC) IAC-12,C4,7-C3.5,10},
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place = {United States},
year = {Fri Aug 01 00:00:00 EDT 2014},
month = {Fri Aug 01 00:00:00 EDT 2014}
}

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