AIMStar: Antimatter initiated microfusion for pre-cursor interstellar missions

Kramer, Kevin J.; Lewis, Raymond A.; Meyer, Kirby J.; Smith, Gerald A.; Howe, Steven D.
January 2000
AIP Conference Proceedings;2000, Vol. 504 Issue 1, p1412
Academic Journal
We address the challenge of delivering a scientific payload to 10,000 A.U. in 50 years. This mission may be viewed as a pre-cursor to later missions to Alpha Centauri and beyond. We consider a small, nuclear fusion engine sparked by clouds of antiprotons, and describe the principle and operation of the engine and mission parameters. An R&D program currently in progress is discussed. © 2000 American Institute of Physics.


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