Bussard Ramjet

Bussard Ramjet

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Please note that the content of this book primarily consists of articles available from Wikipedia or other free sources online. The Bussard ramjet is a theoretical method of spacecraft propulsion proposed in 1960 by the physicist Robert W. Bussard, popularized by Larry Niven in his Known Space series of books, and referred to by Carl Sagan in the television series and book Cosmos. Bussard proposed a ramjet variant of a fusion rocket capable of fast interstellar spaceflight, using enormous electro-magnetic fields (ranging from kilometers to many thousands of kilometers in diameter) as a ram scoop to collect and compress hydrogen from the interstellar medium. High speeds force the reactive mass into a progressively constricted magnetic field, compressing it until thermonuclear fusion occurs. The magnetic field then directs the energy as rocket exhaust opposite to the intended direction of travel, thereby accelerating the vessel.show more

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  • Paperback | 168 pages
  • 152 x 229 x 10mm | 254g
  • Aud Publishing
  • United States
  • English
  • 6136562251
  • 9786136562254