Atmospheric Plasma Propulsion for Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS)

Product of Electrofluidsystems Ingenieurbüro Berkant Göksel

ILA 2018 ILA 2016

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ILA 2018 ILA 2016
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Electrofluidsystems presents a first breakthrough in aerospace propulsion technology since the invention of the jet engine. The first critical tests have been successfully completed on the key technology for an air-breathing magneto-plasma propulsion that will enable future aircrafts and airships to reach altitudes from ground to 50km and beyond. It is the first time that a dense plasma focus (DPF) could be observed at one atmosphere using the innovative technology of nanosecond electrostatic excitations to create self-organized plasma channels for ignition of the propulsive main discharge.

The breakthrough was achieved through a collaboration between Mr. Goksel from Electrofluidsystems and Prof. Mashek from St. Petersburg State University. The first idea goes back to 2010 where a team around Mr. Goksel with several universities and companies in Europe submitted a FP7 proposal which was rejected but now, after demonstration of the new propulsion with its new innovative ignition technology at all relevant atmospheric pressures, needs to be reactivated

Building on years of unique engineering know-how with plasma propelled airships and the soon to be released plasma flyers, Electrofluidsystems has shown that Europe remains at the forefront of technological innovation and can get ahead in the global race. This technology, also in combination with other air-breathing chemical propulsion systems like pulse detonation jets, could revolutionize the future of air and near-space travel. It is also possible now to imagine ecologically friendly, atmospheric high-thrust hybrid propulsion systems using pulsed aneutronic fusion based on boron-11-nucleus and ionized hydrogen (proton) fuels. The resulting highly energetic carbon-12 product fissions into three alpha particles with an energy output of 8.9 MeV without any gamma rays:

P + 11B --> 12 C --> 3 (4He) + 8.9 MeV.

So far this technology was only proposed for high thrust space propulsion with thrust levels of 1000 kN and beyond by scientists from the AFRL at Edwards AFB, the University of Illinois at Urbana, and the University of Alabama. Now the magnetoplasma flux compression technology is in reach for atmospheric plasma propulsion and will enable a new set of revolutionary single-stage to orbit (SSTO) spaceplane designs which will go far beyond those recently proposed with combined air-breathing rocket engine technology.