Fusion Power Sources for Mars Exploration

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G. H. Miley et al. (2010), JBIS, 63, pp.371-375

Refcode: 2010.63.371
Keywords: Mars Colonization, Inertial Electrostatic Confinement, Low Energy Nuclear Reaction.

Abstract:
A fundamental need for Mars colonization is an abundant source of energy for local utilities, manufacturing, waste treatment and terraforming. Two fusion nuclear power units, the Inertial Electrostatic Confinement (IEC) fusion torch and small Low Energy Nuclear Reaction (LENR) power units, have unique capabilities for such use. Most of the resources that are needed by these two power units exist on Mars. This allows construction and operation of these units directly on Mars, greatly reducing transportation costs. The IEC device would provide a central unit in 500 kilowatts to 1 Mega watts; LENR units would serve as portable sources ranging from watts up to kilowatts. To start colonization, an IEC fusion torch would produce super greenhouse gases to warm up the planet, plus producing oxygen and nitrogen for breathable air, by decomposing and recombining materials in the ultra hot IEC fusion torch plasma. The first IEC power plant, LENR power unit and some robotics would be brought from earth. Robots powered by LENR units would perform iron mining for use by an IEC plasma torch in steel making and carrying out self-reproducing production of more power plants.

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