Aug 26 2015

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I gotcher plasma drive right here

NASA Funds Plasma Rocket Technology for Superfast Space Travel. This is a NextSTEP initiative with Ad Astra Rocket Company for $9 million over 3 years (1 year base + 2 option years).

Known as the Variable Specific Impulse Magnetoplasma Rocket, or VASIMR, the engine uses plasma technology to accelerate rockets to previously unattainable speeds. To create plasma, the proposed engines will heat pressurized gas to extremely high temperatures with radio waves. The resulting plasma is kept under control with magnetic fields.

The VASIMR would be developed by Ad Astra’s Webster, Texas facility. Just one more reason to like Texas!

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