CONTROLLED THERMONUCLEAR REACTIONS FOR SPACE PROPULSION
AERONAUTICAL SYSTEMS DIV WRIGHT FIELD OH
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A propulsion system utilizing controlled thermonuclear reactions as an energy source is shown to possess definite advantages over all other propulsion systems in the performance of those space missions requiring a high velocity increment. No valid argument exists which indicates that controlled fusion will not be achieved. In addition, analyses indicate that no insoluble engineering problems would be associated with the adaption of controlled fusion to the propulsion of a space vehicle. A number of applicable areas of technology are discussed. These areas are either being pursued at the present time or require additional intensive effort. The inherent potential of the application is such that pursuit of this energy source for propulsion cannot be ignored or delayed.
- Nuclear Propulsion