Deuterium Fusion Rockets

Back in the 1950s a lot of work was done on the practical aspects of triggering fusion in various bomb designs and fuels. A relevant fuel is deuterium. Friedwardt Winterberg was a nuclear physicist involved in the very secret work on triggering fusion reactions without using fission bombs to create the solar-interior conditions needed for the reaction. Now some of that work has been declassified and Winterberg has put two new papers on the arXiv…

Deuterium microbomb rocket propulsion

Ignition of a deuterium micro-detonation with a gigavolt super marx generator

…which might allow nuclear fusion Orion-style rockets to launch from Earth without the fallout.

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