Project Icarus: Fission-Fusion Hybrid Fuel for Interstellar Propulsion
R. M. Freeland III (2013), JBIS, 66, pp.290-296Refcode
: Fusion Propulsion, Fission-Fusion Hybrid Propulsion, Icarus Primary Propulsion, Project Daedalus, Inertial Confinement Fusion (ICF)Abstract:
Project Icarus is a theoretical design study for an interstellar probe. The Icarus Terms of Reference  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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