A New Vision for Fusion Energy Research: Fusion Rocket Engines for Planetary Defense

G. A. Wurden, T. E. Weber, P. J. Turchi, P. B. Parks, T. E. Evans, S. A. Cohen, J. T. Cassibry, E. M. Campbell

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Abstract

We argue that it is essential for the fusion energy program to identify an imagination-capturing critical mission by developing a unique product which could command the marketplace. We lay out the logic that this product is a fusion rocket engine, to enable a rapid response capable of deflecting an incoming comet, to prevent its impact on the planet Earth, in defense of our population, infrastructure, and civilization. As a side benefit, deep space solar system exploration, with greater speed and orders-of-magnitude greater payload mass would also be possible.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)123-133
Number of pages11
JournalJournal of Fusion Energy
Volume35
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Feb 1 2016

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Nuclear and High Energy Physics
  • Nuclear Energy and Engineering

Keywords

  • Comet deflection
  • Fusion research
  • Fusion rocket engine
  • Nuclear explosive
  • Planetary defense

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    Wurden, G. A., Weber, T. E., Turchi, P. J., Parks, P. B., Evans, T. E., Cohen, S. A., Cassibry, J. T., & Campbell, E. M. (2016). A New Vision for Fusion Energy Research: Fusion Rocket Engines for Planetary Defense. Journal of Fusion Energy, 35(1), 123-133. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10894-015-0034-1