Fusion Propulsion

Direct fusion propulsion has long been considered by NASA for the next generation of manned spacecraft for long distance space exploration. Fusion power is environmentally clean, emits no greenhouse gases, and produces no appreciable radioactive waste. The planet’s fossil fuel reserves are severely limited. Whereas current nuclear fission fuel resources still remain abundant, nuclear power has safety, radioactive waste, and weapon proliferation issues. Fusion power is the only known hope for mankind‘s survival on this planet in the foreseeable future.

Papers (PDF)

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
Nov. 16, 2015

Could Advanced Fusion Fuels Be Used With Todays Technology

Development Path for Fusion Propulsion

The Significance of Helium-3 Fusion March 26, 2004 Lecture 26 by Prof. G.L. Kulcinski

ICF Energy R&D Nuclear Proloferation The Need For Direct Transparent Review


  • Fusion Rockets for Planetary Defense

    Glen Wurden, Ph.D., of Los Alamos National Laboratory in NM gave this presentation on using fusion powered rockets to intercept comets and large asteroids. The talk was at the Max Planck Institute for Plasma Physics, in Greifswald, Germany on Oct. 16, 2015 home of the Wendelstein 7-X (W7-X), Stellarator fusion project. Scroll to the bottom …

  • Fear of Fusion: What if It Works?

    (This article from the LA Times was published in 1989, and has been posted here 26 years later) LA Times April 19, 1989| PAUL CIOTTI | Times Staff Writer When two scientists announced last month in Utah that they had achieved room-temperature nuclear fusion, the news shot through the halls of science like a scalded …

  • Fusion fuel cycles: What they are and how they work

    VisionOfEarth BY BEN HARACK – NOVEMBER 10, 2010 Contents 1 Proton-Proton Chain 2 CNO Cycle 3 Deuterium-Deuterium (D-D)‏ 4 Deuterium-Tritium (D-T) 5 Deuterium-3Helium (D-He)‏ 6 p-11B 7 Muon-catalyzed fusion As part of our series on nuclear fusion power, this post is going to look at fusion fuel cycles. Fusion fuel cycles are the different ways …

  • MagLIF with DT cryo layer could achieve ten thousand times net gain nuclear fusion and it would be very good for fusion space propulsion

    NextBigFuture.com The cheapest, smallest reactors will emerge from the so-called magneto-inertial fusion (MIF) parameter space. This physics regime is a hybrid between the low density magnetic confinement and beyond solid density inertial confinement. Many of the smallest proposed fusion propulsion systems are in fact MIF systems, consistent with this recent study. (The Case and Development …

  • Aneutronic Nuclear Fusion Reactor + Engine Proposal

    Here is some brief theory behind Aneutronic Fusion, a form of nuclear fusion which produces no harmful neutron radiation, eliminating the need for heavy shielding in energy plants and spacecraft engines. The reaction can be initiated under a picosecond laser pulse which is aimed at a metal target producing protons which can fuse with Boron …

  • China is going to mine the Moon for helium-3 fusion fuel

    extremetech.com By John Hewitt on January 26, 2015 China’s Chang’e lunar probe dynasty is already having a great year. The Chang’e 3 lunar lander surpassed all expectations last week to emerge from its 14th hibernation while the Chang’e 5-T1 just completed its transfer from the Earth-Moon Lagrange Point 2 into a stable orbit around the …

  • Nuclear Fusion Rocket Could Reach Mars in 30 Days

    space.com April 10, 2013 A concept image of a spacecraft powered by a fusion-driven rocket. In this image, the crew would be in the forward-most chamber. Solar panels on the sides would collect energy to initiate the process that creates fusion. Credit: University of Washington, MSNW Nuclear fusion, the energy source that fuels the sun …

  • PJMIF as a Primary Propulsion Driver for Project Icarus

    This is the video of a talk given by Dr. Sava Patilala at the 62nd International Astronautical Congress, in Cape Town, South Africa in 2011. He discusses project Icarus, which is to get a vehicle to the sun from the earth. The project proposes to use PJMIF to power the engines. download the video