ION Engine Prototype from NASA For Asteroid-Hauling Rocket

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Posted May 24, 2013 by Johnny2x in Science
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Ion Propulsion Thruster An ion propulsion thruster, developed at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, that’s being considered for NASA’s Asteroid Retrieval Initiative. This thruster uses xenon ions. NASA/JPL-Caltech

Apparently Ions aren’t just for cleaning air in super expensive fans. They can propel satellites and more though space.

Popsci.com has the story. All i have to say here is that shit looks awesome!

NASA Inspects Ion Engine Prototype For Asteroid-Hauling Rocket

When NASA sends a rocket out to tow an asteroid into Earth orbit, it’ll be ion propelled.

Ion propulsion engines harness magnetic fields to create thrust, instead of depending on chemical explosions the way chemically fueled engines do. NASA engineers are developing such an engine for the agency’s plans to bring an asteroid into Earth’s orbit and then send astronauts there to study it. NASA Administrator Charles Bolden went to see a prototype engine yesterday at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Southern California, the Associated Press reported.

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