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Advanced Space Propulsion Study - Antiproton and Beamed Power Propulsion
Final rept. 1 May 86-30 Jun 87
HUGHES RESEARCH LABS MALIBU CA
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The contract objective was to monitor the research at the forefront of physics and engineering to discover new spacecraft propulsion concepts. The major topics covered were antiproton annihilation propulsion, laser thermal propulsion, laser-pushed lightsails, tether transportation systems, solar sails, and metallic hydrogen. Five papers were prepared and are included as appendices. They covered 1 pellet, microwave, and laser beamed power systems for interstellar transport 2 a design for a near-relativistic laser-pushed lightsail using near-term laser technology 3 a survey of laser thermal propulsion, tether transportation systems, antiproton annihilation propulsion, exotic applications of solar sails, and laser-pushed interstellar lightsails 4 the status of antiproton annihilation propulsion as of 1986, and 5 the prospects for obtaining antimatter ions heavier than antiprotons. Two additional appendices contain the first seven issues of the Mirror Matter Newsletter concerning the science and technology of antimatter, and an annotated bibliography of antiproton science and technology.
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