P2_9 Antimatter Propulsion

Jasdeep Anand, Iain Weaver, Michael Gorley, Alex Buccheri


A method of using matter-antimatter annihilation to power a spacecraft via propellant heating is discussed in this paper. Using Tsiolkovsky’s rocket equation it is determined that such a spacecraft would require approximately 4 times its mass as propellant, which would greatly improve the craft-to-fuel mass carried by current missions.

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