What types of engines would we realistically need to get to other stars? And what can we do in the meantime?
In this post I’m going to talk about the rational behind the approach taken to develop the control algorithm for the QinetiQ GOCE T5 ion thrusters (shown in an ESA […]
I came across this great image yesterday, from NASA, of a vacuum box developed in the 1960s.It was used in ion propulsion or ion motor experiments as a workstation in […]
The Japanese mission , Hayabusa, to the asteroid Itokawa has always been a great advertisement for ion thrusters. There are 4 on the spacecraft… And even when things went wrong […]
I was reading this week about the NASA programs FASTSAT or Fast, Affordable, Science and Technology Satellite (you can read about it here)… And how it is seen as a […]
The drive to have new types of propulsion, such as plasma engines and ion thrusters, on current and future space missions brings up an interesting dilemma for mission planners… If […]
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