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Captain
Join Date: Jun 2012
Posts: 622
# 91
09-20-2012, 01:19 AM
With the news of chemisit walking on more nuclear batteries for spaceships, I wonder how much power one of these can generate and will it be enough to give thrust in the VASIMR engine?

Also any reason why they are talking so long 2013 for the first true test of the engine on the ISS? Apparently this technology has been around for decades and yet it looks like they are only just getting started, Ad Astra was founded over 5 years ago, why has it taken them this long? Also from the Vids on youtube and articles i have read about the VASIMR, why haven't they test this on a nuclear power source yet, nasa has over a decade ago on and ion engine.

Last edited by raj011; 09-20-2012 at 01:24 AM.