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To Mars and Beyond, Fast!

How Plasma Propulsion Will Revolutionize Space Exploration

  • Franklin Chang Díaz
  • Erik Seedhouse

Part of the Springer Praxis Books book series (PRAXIS)

Also part of the Space Exploration book sub series (SPACEE)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xvi
  2. Franklin Chang Díaz, Erik Seedhouse
    Pages 1-9
  3. Franklin Chang Díaz, Erik Seedhouse
    Pages 10-15
  4. Franklin Chang Díaz, Erik Seedhouse
    Pages 16-34
  5. Franklin Chang Díaz, Erik Seedhouse
    Pages 35-62
  6. Franklin Chang Díaz, Erik Seedhouse
    Pages 63-112
  7. Franklin Chang Díaz, Erik Seedhouse
    Pages 113-136
  8. Franklin Chang Díaz, Erik Seedhouse
    Pages 137-154
  9. Franklin Chang Díaz, Erik Seedhouse
    Pages 155-167
  10. Franklin Chang Díaz, Erik Seedhouse
    Pages 168-179
  11. Franklin Chang Díaz, Erik Seedhouse
    Pages 180-197
  12. Back Matter
    Pages 198-201

About this book

Introduction

As advanced space propulsion moves slowly from science fiction to achievable reality, the Variable Specific Impulse Magnetoplasma Rocket, or VASIMR, is a leading contender for making 'Mars in a month' a possibility. Developed by Ad Astra Rockets, which was founded by astronaut Franklin Chang-Diaz and backed by NASA, its first commercial tests are imminent. VASIMR heats plasma to extreme temperatures using radio waves. Strong magnetic fields then funnel this plasma out the back of the engine, creating thrust. The continuous propulsion may place long, fast interplanetary journeys within reach in the near future. While scientists dream of the possibilities of using fusion or well-controlled matter-antimatter interactions to propel spacecraft fast and far, that goal is still some way over the horizon. VASIMR provides a more attainable propulsion technology that is based on the matter-antimatter concept. The book describes a landmark technology grounded in plasma physics and offering a practical technological solution for exploring beyond low Earth orbit in the decades to come.

Keywords

Ad Astra Rocket Company Aerospace Rocket Engineering Alternate Rocket Proposulsion Methods Antimatter Rocket Concepts Commercial Spaceflight Technology Matter-antimatter Rocket Propulsion Plasma Rockets Propulsion Engine Alternatives Spacecraft Exploration in Solar System

Authors and affiliations

  • Franklin Chang Díaz
    • 1
  • Erik Seedhouse
    • 2
  1. 1.Ad Astra Rocket CompanyWebsterUSA
  2. 2.Commercial Space OperationsEmbry-Riddle Aeronautical UniversityDaytona BeachUSA

Bibliographic information

  • DOI https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-22918-8
  • Copyright Information Springer International Publishing Switzerland 2017
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages Physics and Astronomy
  • Print ISBN 978-3-319-22917-1
  • Online ISBN 978-3-319-22918-8
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