June 25, 2013
A Sustainable Roadmap for Fusion Propulsion
Dr. Jason Cassibry is an associate professor at the University of Alabama in Huntsville in the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering. His research involves application of fluid mechanics, magnetohydrodynamics, plasma acceleration, in-space propulsion, and fusion energy science. He received his Ph.D from UAH while he was performing research on magnetized target fusion for propulsion at Marshall Space Flight Center.
This lecture started off with the motivation for advanced propulsion methods, as all current propulsion devices consist of accelerating gas out of a nozzle. Fusion propulsion is an attainable technology that will have numerous applications to different missions. Dr. Cassibry discussed the sustainable roadmap for fusion propulsion and the current research being done in this field. This road map is driven by the need to develop an engine that can enable a round trip mission to Mars in seven months.