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Title: Direct Fusion Drive for a Human Mars Orbital Mission

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:
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  1. Princeton Satellite Systems
  2. PPPL
  3. Princeton University
Publication Date:
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.
Publisher:
IAC, Toronto, Canada
Research Org:
Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory (PPPL), Princeton, NJ (United States)
Sponsoring Org:
USDOE
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
70 PLASMA PHYSICS AND FUSION TECHNOLOGY Advanced Fuels; Compact Toroids; Electric Propulsion; Field Reversed Configurations; Rotamak