Evaluation of a fusion-driven thruster for interplanetary and earth-to-orbit flight

Froning, H. D.; Watrus, John J.; Frese, Michael H.; Gerwin, Richard A.
January 2000
AIP Conference Proceedings;2000, Vol. 504 Issue 1, p1431
Academic Journal
Investigations performed under a NASA Small Business Independent Research (SBIR) Phase I Award have shown that hydrogen propellant heating from fusion energy on the order of a few 10[sup 14] W/kg, corresponding to power absorption rates of a few GW, can produce on the order of 100 kN of thrust with a 0.5 kg/s propellant mass flow rate. © 2000 American Institute of Physics.


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