Powerplants for atmospheric and surface vehicles on Mars.

by W. H. Krase

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An investigation of powerplants suitable for use on Mars. The powerplants studied are atmosphere- breathing systems using nuclear and chemical heat sources, chemical rockets, and a rocket-turbine in which rocket-chamber exhaust feeds a turbine to produce shaft power. Chemical-energy sources include mono- and bipropellants, reactions with the atmosphere, and propellants that can be made from native materials. The rocket-turbine, when designed for high-energy cryogenic propellants, appears to be an economical and relatively lightweight power unit, with possible applications in other planetary environments, including that of the Earth.

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