Designing a "Simple" Nuclear-Fusion Rocket for Quick Trips to Mars

Researchers are developing a new propulsion technology that could reduce the travel time to Mars from eight or nine months to less than three. The secret? Nuclear fusion, of course. » 11/05/13 7:30am 11/05/13 7:30am

"Nuclear slapshots" could propel a spacecraft to Mars in just weeks

Scientists at UAHuntsville have proposed a scheme that could see a spacecraft propelled through space by using a pulsed nuclear fusion system. To do so, a series of "nuclear slapshots" would apply magnetic pulses in order to slam nuclei into each other inside a hockey puck like structure made of a special lightweight… » 6/27/12 10:20am 6/27/12 10:20am