Assessment of open magnetic fusion for space propulsion

F. Romanelli, C. Bruno

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Abstract

The exploration of the solar system requires advanced propulsion techniques capable of specific impulse above 104s and specific power in the range 1-10kW/kg. Fusion is the most interesting option to meet these requirements. Generic fusion propulsion studies, briefly reviewed in the report, show that specific power values in the desired range are indeed feasible provided a high fraction of the fusion power can be used for direct thrust. Open magnetic field configurations are particularly suited to such purpose. Their present status, open issues and proposals for space propulsion systems based on them are reviewed. The analysis is focused on mirrors (tandem mirror and gas-dynamic mirror), field reversed configurations, spheromaks and levitated dipole. Possible topics for further studies are proposed.
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - 2006
Externally publishedYes
EventAIAA 57th International Astronautical Congress, IAC 2006 - , Spain
Duration: 1 Jan 2006 → …

Conference

ConferenceAIAA 57th International Astronautical Congress, IAC 2006
CountrySpain
Period1/1/06 → …

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All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Space and Planetary Science
  • Aerospace Engineering

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Romanelli, F., & Bruno, C. (2006). Assessment of open magnetic fusion for space propulsion. Paper presented at AIAA 57th International Astronautical Congress, IAC 2006, Spain.