Accession Number : ADA131939

Title :   Alternate Propulsion Energy Sources.

Descriptive Note : Technical rept. 3 Mar-23 May 83 on Phase 1,

Corporate Author : FORWARD (ROBERT L) OXNARD CA

Personal Author(s) : Forward,Robert L

PDF Url : ADA131939

Report Date : Jun 1983

Pagination or Media Count : 99

Abstract : This report summarizes the results of the first phase of the referenced contract. The task was to survey the entire field of advanced propulsion to uncover and carry out a technical assessment of any concept that showed promise of leading to a major advance in available energy sources for space power and propulsion in the next century. In general we were to consider any concept that might derive energy from the space environment, as well as any unconventional methods of storing energy in a compact form that may have applicability to space power and propulsion. The best of these were to be selected for investigation in Phase 2 of the contract. We uncovered 62 concepts, carried out technical assessments on 26 of the more promising concepts, and recommended that four concepts be considered for more detailed study in Phase 2. The concepts recommended were solid metastable helium, solar pumped plasmas, perforated solar sails, and antiproton annihilation propulsion. Of these, the Air Force selected two concepts to receive the major portion of the Phase 2 effort, solar pumped plasmas and antiproton annihilation.

Descriptors :   *Space propulsion, *Energy conversion, *Energy conservation, *Energy storage, Power, Sources, Helium, Metastable state, Hydrogen, Free radicals, Solar energy, Pumping, Plasmas(Physics), Antiprotons, Annihilation reactions, Lasers, Solar sails, Perforation, Microwave equipment, Laser applications, Tethering, Solar rockets, Rocket propulsion, Space environments

Subject Categories : Non-electrical Energy Conversion
      Electric Power Production and Distribution
      Energy Storage

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE