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Non-chemical, non-nuclear advanced propulsion for space applications: Panorama and Roadmap

Bérend, Nicolas and Calabro, Max and Božić, Dr. Ognjan and Bonnal, Cristophe and Matloff, Dr. Gregory. L. and Valentian, Dominique (2009) Non-chemical, non-nuclear advanced propulsion for space applications: Panorama and Roadmap. 60th International Astronautical Congress, 12.-16. Okt. 2009, Daejon, Korea.

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This paper has been prepared in the frame of IAA Advanced Propulsion Working Group (IAA Study Group #3.1) and is focused on non-chemical, non-nuclear propulsion concepts for space application, excluding Breakthrough-Propulsion Physics concepts. Three main families of propulsion are considered in this: launch-assist catapult systems using Lorentz Rail Accelerator, beamed energy propulsion (Laser/Microwave Thermal and Electric Propulsion) and beamed momentum propulsion (solar and electromagnetic sails). The paper reminds the principle and physics behind each concept and variants and gives an updated view of the current Technological Readiness Level, including recent technological developments as well as ground and in-flight experimentations. The advantages, drawbacks and positioning of these concepts with regards to other propulsion solutions are discussed. Finally, a roadmap is proposed, including the next steps identified to increase the Technical Readiness Level and pave the way to operational space applications.

Document Type:Conference or Workshop Item (Speech, Paper)
Title:Non-chemical, non-nuclear advanced propulsion for space applications: Panorama and Roadmap
AuthorsInstitution or Email of Authors
Bérend, NicolasOnera, Châtillon, France, nicolas.berend@onera.fr
Calabro, MaxThe Inner Arch, Poissy, France, Max.calabro@innerarch.eu
Božić, Dr. OgnjanDLR, Braunschweig, Germany, ognjan.bozic@dlr.de
Bonnal, CristopheCnes, Evry, France, christophe.bonnal@cnes.fr
Matloff, Dr. Gregory. L.New York City College of Technology, Brooklyn, NY, United States, gregmat@hotmail.com
Valentian, DominiqueSnecma, Vernon, France, dominique.valentian@snecma.fr
Date:October 2009
Keywords:non-chemical, non-nuclear, propulsion, space application
Event Title:60th International Astronautical Congress
Event Location:Daejon, Korea
Event Type:international Conference
Event Dates:12.-16. Okt. 2009
Organizer:International Astronautic Federation
HGF - Research field:Aeronautics, Space and Transport (old)
HGF - Program:Space (old)
HGF - Program Themes:W - no assignement
DLR - Research area:Space
DLR - Program:W - no assignement
DLR - Research theme (Project):W -- no assignement (old)
Location: Braunschweig , Göttingen
Institutes and Institutions:Institute of Aerodynamics and Flow Technology > Spacecraft
Deposited By: Dr.-Ing. Ognjan Bozic
Deposited On:10 Feb 2010 11:22
Last Modified:12 Dec 2013 20:53

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