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Title: Interplanetary space transport using inertial fusion propulsion

Abstract

In this paper, we indicate how the great advantages that ICF offers for interplanetary propulsion can be accomplished with the VISTA spacecraft concept. The performance of VISTA is expected to surpass that from other realistic technologies for Mars missions if the energy gain achievable for ICF targets is above several hundred. Based on the good performance expected from the U. S. National Ignition Facility (NIF), the requirements for VISTA should be well within the realm of possibility if creative target concepts such as the fast ignitor can be developed. We also indicate that a 6000-ton VISTA can visit any planet in the solar system and return to Earth in about 7 years or less without any significant physiological hazards to astronauts. In concept, VISTA provides such short-duration missions, especially to Mars, that the hazards from cosmic radiation and zero gravity can be reduced to insignificant levels. VISTA therefore represents a significant step forward for space-propulsion concepts.

Authors:
Publication Date:
Research Org.:
Lawrence Livermore National Lab., CA (United States)
Sponsoring Org.:
USDOE, Washington, DC (United States)
OSTI Identifier:
324289
Report Number(s):
UCRL-JC-129237; CONF-980659-
ON: DE98058340; BR: DP0210000; CNN: W-7405-Eng-48; TRN: 99:003662
DOE Contract Number:  
W-7405-ENG-48
Resource Type:
Conference
Resource Relation:
Conference: 9. international conference on emerging nuclear energy systems (ICENES `98), Tel Aviv (Israel), 28 Jun - 2 Jul 1998; Other Information: PBD: 20 Apr 1998
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
70 PLASMA PHYSICS AND FUSION; INERTIAL CONFINEMENT; SPACE VEHICLES; PROPULSION SYSTEMS

Citation Formats

Orth, C.D.. Interplanetary space transport using inertial fusion propulsion. United States: N. p., 1998. Web.
Orth, C.D.. Interplanetary space transport using inertial fusion propulsion. United States.
Orth, C.D.. Mon . "Interplanetary space transport using inertial fusion propulsion". United States. doi:. https://www.osti.gov/servlets/purl/324289.
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