The Grand Table of Newtonian Tomfoolery
AKA, the Index of Atomic Rockets engine entries
of this document is to create a preliminary index of all the rockets, engines, and propulsive mechanisms indexed in the Atomic Rockets website, for purposes of creating entries similar to these in the Galactic Encyclopedia by two-person editor teams in parallel.
For a table that surveys what kind of table categories Winchell uses on the three engine list pages, please refer to the Grand Atomic Index of Tabulary Rocketry Table.
- Consider thermal rockets as the top level division over electric vs. chemical. The energy source is perhaps less important than the basic thrust mechanism.
- Keep scientifically outdated concepts, but mark them as such. There is value for reference and for softer sci-fi in keeping these around.
- In keeping with that point, what qualifies as “scientifically outdated” is not always clear. It would be good to support an open-ended discussion section on each engine’s knowns, unknowns, properties, things that might make it unrealistic, caveats to be aware of, etc.
- The history of how a particular rocket technology was developed may also be of interest, as a subsection on categories and on particular engines. E.g. the history for NPP is straightup hilarious (as well as being foundational and somewhat explanatory of that whole age in the contemporary sci-fi). Engine type sections could link to their own history posts.
- Densities are rarely mentioned when it comes to propellant types of any system.
- Look for holes in the existing engine list, where there is a concept that could exist but perhaps doesn’t yet, and flag for future reference.
- There is an explanation of the general principles behind the engine type (e.g. how, say, laser thermal works). Associated with the upper-level categorizations for engine types.
- Explain the most fundamental limits driving some sets of rocket/engine designs *first*, building the understanding for how from these limitations, the options we offer derive and relate to.
Regarding engine performance table in general: not just specific impulse but density impulse should be included as well
Liquid Rocket Engines
Chemical rocket principles: http://www.braeunig.us/space/propuls.htm
Chemical rocket propellant performance: http://www.braeunig.us/space/propel.htm
Link to “Ignition” for the poor souls that don’t have a copy: https://library.sciencemadness.org/library/books/ignition.pdf
Electric Rocket Engines
Electrodeless plasma thrusters: https://www.researchgate.net/publication/317700959_Electrodeless_plasma_thrusters_for_spacecraft_A_review
Nuclear Pulse Engines
A declassified paper on the Orion drive: https://www.classe.cornell.edu/~seb/celestia/orion/files/19770085619_1977085619.pdf
Entry Structure Revamps
- Real/Near - no color (either actually works or has prototypes or the principles demonstrated).
- Disproven - Orange, (disproven but still explaining the history behind it).
- Plausible - Blue, (not disproven, but has a fair chance of being real.)
- Fringe - Red, (not disproven, but probably isn’t possible at all).
- Other - Brown(either fictional or straight up doesn’t make sense, but has some merits worth including).
- Delete - strikethrough.
- Move - Green, (Movement to Other Non-Propulsion/History Sections.)
New Entries For the Galactic Library
This section is for planned entry additions to the engine lists (or revamps of them)
- Suspended nitrogen colloid
Non-nuclear Pulse Propulsion
- Quenching Superconductor Rocket (QSR)
- Nitrogen Allotrope Pellets
- Mirror Bottle Pellets
Hybrid solid-liquid rocket engines
Having some subdivisions/variety in solid rockets might be worthwhile.
Liquid Rocket Engines
- Some of the more ‘unusual’ examples from “Ignition” such as Li-H-F rocket
- Mercury and other heavy fuels
- Chlorine trifluoride and other scary oxidizers
(both RDE and PDE), since they’ve been a hot topic recently
Cold gas thrusters
List of Engines from Atomic Rockets
Engine List 1:
Storeable vs Cryogenic
RP-1 - Oxygen
Aluminum-Oxygen ISRU Metal-Oxygen
Metastable He IV-A
Helicon Double Layer (HDLT)
Pulsed Inductive (PIT)
Pulsed Plasma (PPT)
Pulsed Plasmoid (ELF)
Pulsed Plasmoid (Alfvenic)
Field-Emission Electric (FEEP)
Hall Effect (HET)
( IBS Agamemnon )
Nuclear Advanced Thermodynamic Cycle
Serpent Nuclear-Thermal-Electric Engine
Motovilov Field Drive
( Langston Photon )
( Beer )
Engine List 2:
Pulsed Solid-core NTR
Russian Twisted Ribbon
Low Pressure NTR
- Monatomic H
Squeezing The Last Drop Report
Pulsed Close Cycle
General Open Cycle
- MHD Driven Rotation
Fissioning Plasma Core
RD-600: Soviet bimodal GCNTR
Nuclear Salt Water
Lithium Salt Water
Fission Fragment Type
Afterburner Fission Fragment
Engine List 3:
- Linear Fusion
- Toroidal Fusion
- Direct Fusion Drive
Magneto Inertial Confinement
Pure Fusion Engines
Afterburner Fusion Engines
Dual-Mode Fusion Engines
Breeder Fusion Engine
Nuclear Magnetic Spin Alignment
( STARFIRE Fusion Afterburner )
( AV:T Fusion )
( THS Fusion Pulse )
( Epstein Drive )
The Death of Project Orion
Orion Thrust and Isp
Orion Environmental Impact
- Casaba Howitzer
Atomic Manhole Cover
- Mini-Mag Orion
- Z-pinch Microfission
- n-Li6 Microfission
PuFF Pulsed Fission Fusion
Magneto Inertial Fusion
Plasma Jet MIF
- Tshhmon, for moving the page from Google Docs