Z-Pinch Fusion PropulsionFusion-based nuclear propulsion has the potential to enable fast interplanetary transportation. Shorter trips are better for humans in the harmful radiation environment of deep space. Nuclear propulsion and power plants can enable high Ispand payload mass fractions because they require less fuel mass. Fusion energy research has characterized the Z-Pinch dense plasma focus method. (1) Lightning is form of pinched plasma electrical discharge phenomena. (2) Wire array Z-Pinch experiments are commonly studied and nuclear power plant configurations have been proposed. (3) Used in the field of Nuclear Weapons Effects (NWE) testing in the defense industry, nuclear weapon x-rays are simulated through Z-Pinch phenomena.
Miernik, Janie (Jacobs Technologies Engineering Science Contract Group Huntsville, AL, United States)
August 26, 2013
July 11, 2011
Spacecraft Propulsion And Power
Meeting: 7th Symposium on Realistic Advanced Scientific Missions International Acaemy of Astronautics