The status and the main results achieved by Project 242 are presented. Project 242 is a programme (funded by ASI -1999/2002 from an idea of Carlo Rubbia) that studied a new concept of space propulsion motor by using direct conversion of the kinetic energy of fission fragments into increasing of enthalpy of a propellant gas. Project 242 studied the application of this propulsion system to a manned mission to Mars. Preliminary results were very satisfactory and it has been observed that a propulsion system with these characteristics could make the mission feasible. Results for other unmanned missions to the outer solar system are also presented.
|Titolo:||Fission Fragments Direct Heating for Space Propulsion – Programme Synthesis and Applications to Space Exploration|
|Data di pubblicazione:||2013|
|Digital Object Identifier (DOI):||10.1016/j.actaastro.2012.04.007|
|Appare nelle tipologie:||1.1 Articolo in rivista|