The transportation capability of propulsion systems with separate power source, expressed by payload ratio, terminal velocity, and acceleration, depends primarily on two basic parameters: the specific power of the system, a, and the total time of propulsion, T. Highest terminal velocities to be expected with present technologies are 150 to 200 km sec−1; highest accelerations 5 × 10−4g0. The payload ratio depends on the specific mission, it may vary in typical cases between 5 and 95 percent.


Propulsion System Terminal Velocity Solar Sail Beam Neutralization Transportation Capability 
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  • Ernst Stuhlinger
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  1. 1.NASA Marshall Space Flight CenterHuntsvilleUSA

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