"Star Wars"--as the Strategic Defense Initiative (SDI) is dubbed--will require reliable sources of immense amounts of energy to power such advanced weapons as lasers and particle beams. Are such power sources available? This study says no, not yet--and points the way toward the kind of energy research and development that is needed to power SDI.
Advanced Power Sources for Space Missions presents a comprehensive and objective view of SDI's unprecedented power requirements and the opportunities we have to meet them in a cost-effective manner.
Table of Contents
|2. Space Power Requirements and Selection Criteria||9-23|
|3. Space Power Systems Options and Selection Constraints||24-51|
|4. Needed Technological Advances in Space Power Subsystems to Meet SDI Requirements||52-67|
|5. Approaches Toward Achieving Advances in Critical Power Technologies||68-85|
|6. Commentaries on the SDI Power Program||86-100|
|Appendix A: Glossary of Abbreviations||104-105|
|Appendix B: Biographical Sketches||106-114|
|Appendix C: Study Chronology||115-120|
|Appendix D: Possible Impacts of Effluents from SDI Systems||121-128|
|Appendix E: Compilation of Study Findings, Conclusions, and Recommendations||129-134|
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