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An approach to space powerFusion offers the potential for a very high specific power, providing a large specific impulse that can be traded-off with thrust for mission optimization. Thus fusion is a leading candidate for missions beyond the moon. A new approach is discussed for space fusion power, namely Inertial Electrostatic Confinement (IEC). This method offers a high power density in a relatively small, simple device. It appears capable of burning aneutronic fuels which are most desirable for space applications and is well suited for direct conversion. An experimental device to test the concept is described.
Document ID
Document Type
Conference Paper
Miley, G. H.
(Illinois Univ. Urbana, IL, United States)
Nadler, J. H.
(Illinois Univ. Urbana, IL, United States)
Hochberg, T.
(Illinois Univ. Urbana, IL, United States)
Barnouin, O.
(Illinois Univ. Urbana, IL, United States)
Gu, Y. B.
(Illinois Univ. Urbana, IL, United States)
Date Acquired
September 6, 2013
Publication Date
April 1, 1990
Publication Information
Publication: NASA. Lewis Research Center, Vision-21: Space Travel for the Next Millennium
Subject Category
Spacecraft Propulsion And Power
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Distribution Limits
Work of the US Gov. Public Use Permitted.
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