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VASIMR Plasma Engine

VASIMR is a high powered plasma engine being developed by Ad Astra Rocket Company in Houston. The VAriable Specific Impulse Magnetoplasma Rocket is a drive that creates propulsion by expelling ionized hyrdrogen plasma and uses superconductors to increase the strength of the magnetic field involved and maximize thrust. VASIMR – [adastrarocket.com] The Variable Specific Impulse […]

Skylon

Skylon is a spaceplane design that is under development by Reaction Engines, a British company. The basic idea is to fly (like a conventional airplane) up through the atmosphere into space, using a lot less thrust than conventional rockets which “blast” their way straight up into space, requiring vast amounts of thrust. By flying like […]

Propulsion

Space propulsion engines are very different from thrusting engines designed to boost an object out of a planetary gravity well. They must be more efficient, must not require large quanties of expendable supplies (either fuel or thrusting material) and must be able to operate continually. Thrusters: Chemical thrusters currently used in satellite spacecraft don’t offer […]

Atomic Rockets

Atomic Rockets

Atomic Rockets Please go visit this awesome site about space travel. The table of contents is displayed below. One of the highlights of the site is a page (Engine List) that includes a comprehensive list of engine/propulsion technologies with a technical table showing thrust, mass, efficiency and more … calculations. The “Common Misconceptions” page dispels […]