Project Icarus: Fission-Fusion Hybrid Fuel for Interstellar Propulsion

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R. M. Freeland III (2013), JBIS, 66, pp.290-296

Refcode: 2013.66.290
Keywords: Fusion Propulsion, Fission-Fusion Hybrid Propulsion, Icarus Primary Propulsion, Project Daedalus, Inertial Confinement Fusion (ICF)

Project Icarus is a theoretical design study for an interstellar probe. The Icarus Terms of Reference [1] specify that the design must use "current or near future technology", and that the propulsion must be "mainly fusion based". The latter allows room for a propulsion system that uses hybrid fission-fusion technology. This paper explains the motivation and science behind hybrid fuel and examines the applicability of this technology to deep space propulsion. This paper is a submission of the Project Icarus Study Group.

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