Accession Number : AD0281817

Title :   CZECHOSLOVAK IDEAS ON AEROSPACE PROPULSION,

Corporate Author : LIBRARY OF CONGRESS WASHINGTON D C AEROSPACE TECHNOLOGY DIV

Report Date : 12 JUL 1962

Pagination or Media Count : 13

Abstract : Annotated drawings are presented from a popular booklet which describes Czechoslovak aerospace propulsion ideas. The scope of the book is illustrated by the reproduced drawings. The following two ideas are of special interest: (1) Metastable atoms have a large energy excess compared to stable atoms. This excess energy might be used to drive rockets. Metastable fuels can be stored under stable conditions at extremely low temperatures. (2) Solar radiation dissociates and ionizes the individual gases that make up the high strata of the atmosphere into free radicals and ions. When these revert to the initial states, they liberate large amounts of energy. The accumulated energy of free radicals and ions might be used in aircraft propulsion at high altitudes. Such a drive might consist of a ramjet engine with an electrically charged catalyzer-screen set designed to utilize the recombination of oxygen and other types of ions, converting the energy thus liberated into thrust. Output of such an engin would depend on the composition of the upper atmosphere, the aerodynamic engine cycle, and the chemical kinetics of ion recombination. (Author)

Descriptors :   *ROCKET PROPULSION, ATOMS, COMBUSTION, DEFLECTION, ELECTRIC PROPULSION, EXHAUST GASES, LIQUID ROCKET PROPELLANTS, NUCLEAR PROPULSION, ROCKET NOZZLES, SOLAR RADIATION, SOLID ROCKET PROPELLANTS

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE