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Elements S3 • E1

Ion-Powered Rockets Could Take Us to Distant Planets in a Fraction of the Time

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Published on Aug 15, 2018

Chemical rockets got us to the moon, but we'll need something with a little more oomph to catapult us into deep space. Here are our options so far.

How NASA Engineers Use Origami to Design Future Spacecraft - https://youtu.be/Ly3hMBD4h5E

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NASA - Space Propulsion
https://www.nasa.gov/centers/glenn/te...
"The thruster will revolutionize the next generation of spacecraft, cutting in half some launch costs, enabling future missions to other planets, and more than doubling the weight of commercial payloads (like communications satellites) that can be transported to geostationary orbit."

Antimatter to ion drives: NASA's plans for deep space propulsion
https://cosmosmagazine.com/technology...
"Ion drives, solar sails, fission and fusion ... some of the ideas for powering the next generation of spacecraft have an aura of sci-fi about them, so it can be a giddy surprise to see NASA takes them seriously too."

The 123,000 MPH Plasma Engine That Could Finally Take Astronauts To Mars
https://www.popsci.com/technology/art...
"His calculations showed that a spaceship using such an engine could reach 123,000 miles per hour—New York to Los Angeles in about a minute."

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