On-Board Power for Interstellar Generation Ships: Applications of Cassenti's Toroidal Ion Scoop

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G. L. Matloff (2017), JBIS, 70, pp.208-209

Refcode: 2017.70.208
Keywords: Generation ship, spacecraft on-board power, toroidal ion intake

Abstract:
Perhaps the only suggested interstellar ion scoop that would function as a collection device rather than a plasma-reflecting drag brake is the toroidal field ion intake suggested by Brice Cassenti in the early 1990's. Here, we examine the utility of this device to supply on-board power to a small cruising interstellar generation ship using MHD techniques to convert some collected interstellar plasma kinetic energy relative to the ship to electrical energy. A drawback of this technique is a slight reduction in the spacecraft's velocity.

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