View Full Version : Discussion: SMART-1 Launch Pushed Back

2003-Aug-19, 06:41 PM
SUMMARY: The launch of the European Space Agency's SMART-1 mission to explore the Moon was pushed back because of delays with its Ariane 5 launcher. The mission was originally scheduled for August 28, but now it's been pushed into September. Once SMART-1 does get into space, it will use its ion engine to make larger and larger orbits around the Earth over the course of 16 months until it finally reaches the Moon. It will remain in orbit around the moon for over 2 years analyzing the surface and searching for evidence of water ice near the southern pole.

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2003-Aug-20, 04:25 PM
Any more info about ionic engines or any other sort of new propulsion engines ? For instance this one here, what's the fuel, the performances, the autonomy ?

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