Interplanetary space transport using inertial fusion propulsion

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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 ... continued below

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Orth, C.D. April 20, 1998.

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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.

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  • 9. international conference on emerging nuclear energy systems (ICENES `98), Tel Aviv (Israel), 28 Jun - 2 Jul 1998

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  • Report No.: UCRL-JC--129237
  • Report No.: CONF-980659--
  • Grant Number: W-7405-ENG-48
  • Office of Scientific & Technical Information Report Number: 324289
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Orth, C.D. Interplanetary space transport using inertial fusion propulsion, article, April 20, 1998; California. (digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc682736/: accessed November 19, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library, digital.library.unt.edu; crediting UNT Libraries Government Documents Department.