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External Pulsed Plasma Propulsion (EPPP) Analysis MaturationExternal Pulsed Plasma Propulsion (EPPP) systems are at the stage of engineering infancy with evolving paradigms for application. performance and general characteristics. Recent efforts have focused on an approach that employs existing technologies with near term EPPP development for usage in interplanetary exploration and asteroid/comet deflection. if mandated. The inherent advantages of EPPP are discussed and its application to a variety of propulsion concepts is explored. These include, but are not limited to, utilizing energy sources such as fission. fusion and antimatter, as well as, improved chemical explosives. A mars mission scenario is presented as a demonstration of its capability using existing technologies. A suggested alternate means to improve EPPP efficiencies could also lead to a heavy lift (non-nuclear) launch vehicle capability. Conceivably, true low-cost, access to space is possible using advanced explosive propellants and/or coupling the EPPP vehicle to a "beam propellant" concept. EPPP systems appear to offer an approach that can potentially cover ETO through interstellar transportation capability. A technology roadmap is presented that shows mutual benefits pertaining to a substantial number of existing space propulsion and research areas.
Document ID
Document Type
Preprint (Draft being sent to journal)
Bonometti, Joesph A.
(NASA Marshall Space Flight Center Huntsville, AL United States)
Morton, P. Jeff
(NASA Marshall Space Flight Center Huntsville, AL United States)
Schmidt, George R.
Date Acquired
September 7, 2013
Publication Date
January 1, 2000
Subject Category
Spacecraft Propulsion And Power
Report/Patent Number
AIAA Paper 2000-3610
Meeting Information
Joint Propulsion(Huntsville, AL)
Distribution Limits
Work of the US Gov. Public Use Permitted.

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