VASIMR: The Radical Rocket

Part of the Springer Praxis Books book series (PRAXIS)


Solar sails, beamed energy, advanced chemical rockets, nuclear propulsion, fusion research, ion drives, and antimatter rockets. These are the sort of topics that have been discussed at advanced space propulsion conferences for decades. In the late 1950s, the talk was all about Orion, a nuclear-pulsed project that envisioned a crewed interplanetary spacecraft voyaging to Saturn by 1970, fueled by fission explosives against a ‘pusher plate’ connected to the spacecraft via a set of shock absorbers.


Quartz Microwave Argon Explosive Xenon 


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  1. 1.MiltonCanada

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