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Trons-r-us
2001-Dec-26, 12:24 AM
Recently I have read about the Deepspace 1 probe and its remarkable engine. The article said that it was only supposed to last one year, but was able to conduct further testing for a three year period. I wanted to know what is the operating principle of this engine, and why is it so unique? I also read about the navigation program using photos of the stars to navigate itself, rather than receiving navigation inputs from earth, I would like to know more about this as well.

gbaikie
2001-Dec-26, 12:14 PM
http://nmp.jpl.nasa.gov/ds1/
I think above link will answer your questions.