Project VISTA

Description: Project VISTA was a study completed mainly by Charles Orth from Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory. It is an 5,800 tons wet mass vehicle carrying a 100 tons science payload, as an interplanetary spacecraft design concept designed to reach Mars and back in less than 60 days but it is still relevant to interstellar vehicle designs. VISTA uses ICF technology but uses the deuterium and tritium fuel reactions, with a pellet pulse detonation rate of around 30 Hz, which is more consistent with the next generation of commercial reactors. VISTA stands for Vehicle for Interplanetary Space Transport Applications.

Members: Charles Orth.

Key References:

  • Orth, C.D, VISTA – A Vehicle for Interplanetary Space Transport Applications Powered by Inertial Confinement Fusion, UCRL-TR110500, 2003.
  • Orth, C.D, Parameter Studies for the VISTA Spacecraft Concept, UCRL-JC-141513, Presented NASA Advanced Propulsion Workshop in Fusion Propulsion, Huntsville, Alabama, November 8-10, 2000. Paper dated 21 Novembr 2000.

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