View Full Version : Discussion: NASA Tests a New Ion Engine

2003-Nov-24, 10:32 PM
SUMMARY: NASA has tested a new high-power ion engine which could give future spacecraft significantly more thrust to accomplish exploration of the solar system. The High Power Electric Propulsion (HiPEP) ion engine should eventually be 10 times as powerful as NASA's Deep Space 1 ion engine which was tested a few years ago. An engine like this will probably power the JIMO probe allowing it to go into and out of orbit around several of Jupiter's moons and map them in great detail.

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2003-Nov-25, 12:40 PM
:lol: Space Drives are the pinnicle of human progression. Lets hope they find a rocket engine replacement soon that allows us to break free of the Earths gravity and hopefully further afield than that. Watch this space!

2003-Nov-26, 04:19 PM
;) A space drive, cool! It's what mankind has always wanted. This is what we aspire to for the future. Space drives must be developed to replace the environment damaging, efficientless, ailing and old rocket engine. :)

2003-Nov-28, 11:16 PM
I wonder how long such an engine would take to reach Jupiter? Wouldn't it be amazing if this made manned missions to the planets possible?

Honeymoon on Mimas, anyone?