Enabling Technologies for Space Exploration

Paul A. Czysz and Claudio Bruno

FUTURE SPACECRAFT PROPULSION SYSTEMS (Second Edition) The updated and expanded edition of Future Spacecraft Propulsion Systems argues for the need to break free from the old-established concept of expendable rockets which use chemical propulsion. It demonstrates the need for the development of a new breed of launch vehicle, capable of both launching payloads into orbit at dramatically reduced cost, and for sustained operations in low-Earth orbit.

The book shows that the next step to establishing a permanent presence in the Solar System beyond Earth is the commercialisation of sustained operations on the Moon, followed by the development of advanced nuclear or high-energy space propulsion systems for Solar System exploration out to the boundary of interstellar space. And, for the future, high-energy particle research facilities may yield a very high-energy propulsion system that will enable space exploration of the nearby stars, or even beyond.

Future Spacecraft Propulsion Systems

Table of Contents

List of figures
List of tables

  1. Overview
  2. Our progress appears to be impeded
  3. Commercial near-Earth space launcher:a perspective
  4. Commercial near-Earth launcher:propulsion
  5. Earth orbit on-orbit operations in near-Earth orbit,a necessary second step
  6. Earth-Moon system:establishing a Solar System presence
  7. Exploration of our Solar System
  8. Stellar and interstellar precursor missions
  9. View to the future and exploration of our Galaxy

Appendix A Nuclear propulsion - risks and dose assessment
Appendix B Assessment of open magnetic fusion for space propulsion

Extent: 576 pages, 8-page colour section
Binding: Hardback
Publication Date: January 2009
ISBN: 978-3-540-88813-0

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