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Title: Interstellar propulsion using a pellet stream for momentum transfer

Abstract

A pellet-stream concept for interstellar propulsion is described. Small pellets are accelerated in the solar system and accurately guided to an interstellar probe where they are intercepted and transfer momentum. This propulsion system appears to offer orders-of-magnitude improvements in terms of engineering simplicity and power requirements over any other known feasible system for transport over interstellar distance in a time comparable to a human lifespan.

Authors:
Publication Date:
Research Org.:
Princeton Univ., NJ (USA). Plasma Physics Lab.
OSTI Identifier:
5770056
Report Number(s):
PPPL-1583
TRN: 79-021981
DOE Contract Number:  
EY-76-C-02-3073
Resource Type:
Technical Report
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
99 GENERAL AND MISCELLANEOUS//MATHEMATICS, COMPUTING, AND INFORMATION SCIENCE; 70 PLASMA PHYSICS AND FUSION TECHNOLOGY; SPACE VEHICLES; PROPULSION; LASER TARGETS; LASERS; PULSES; THERMONUCLEAR EXPLOSIONS; EXPLOSIONS; NUCLEAR EXPLOSIONS; TARGETS; 990000* - General & Miscellaneous; 700208 - Fusion Power Plant Technology- Inertial Confinement Technology

Citation Formats

Singer, C.E. Interstellar propulsion using a pellet stream for momentum transfer. United States: N. p., 1979. Web. doi:10.2172/5770056.
Singer, C.E. Interstellar propulsion using a pellet stream for momentum transfer. United States. doi:10.2172/5770056.
Singer, C.E. Mon . "Interstellar propulsion using a pellet stream for momentum transfer". United States. doi:10.2172/5770056. https://www.osti.gov/servlets/purl/5770056.
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abstractNote = {A pellet-stream concept for interstellar propulsion is described. Small pellets are accelerated in the solar system and accurately guided to an interstellar probe where they are intercepted and transfer momentum. This propulsion system appears to offer orders-of-magnitude improvements in terms of engineering simplicity and power requirements over any other known feasible system for transport over interstellar distance in a time comparable to a human lifespan.},
doi = {10.2172/5770056},
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