Variable Specific Impulse Magnetoplasma Rocket - Wikipedia

Variable Specific Impulse Magnetoplasma Rocket - Wikipedia

Variable Specific Impulse Magnetoplasma Rocket - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Variable Specific Impulse Magnetoplasma Rocket - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

The Variable Specific Impulse Magnetoplasma Rocket (VASIMR®) engine is a new type of electric thruster with many unique advantages. In a VASIMR® engine, gas such as argon, xenon, or hydrogen is injected into a tube surrounded by a magnet and a series of two radio wave (RF) couplers The couplers turn cold gas into superheated plasma and the rocket’s magnetic nozzle converts the plasma thermal motion into a directed jet.

The Variable Specific Impulse Magnetoplasma Rocket (VASIMR®) engine is a new type of electric thruster with many unique advantages. In a VASIMR® engine, gas such as argon, xenon, or hydrogen is injected into a tube surrounded by a magnet and a series of two radio wave (RF) couplers The couplers turn cold gas into superheated plasma and the rocket’s magnetic nozzle converts the plasma thermal motion into a directed jet.

Pieter Laurens Mol. Specific Impulse, 1985

Pieter Laurens Mol. Specific Impulse, 1985 (nearlya)

NASA recently delivered $10 million in funding to Ad Astra Rocket Company of Texas for further development of its Variable Specific Impulse Magnetoplasma Rocket (VASIMR), an electromagnetic thruster proficient of propelling a spaceship to Mars in just 39 days. NASA’s funding was part of the “12 Next Space Technologies for Exploration Partnership.” Ad Astra’s rocket will travel ten times quicker than today’s chemical rockets while using one-tenth the amount of fuel.  The VASIMR system would…

NASA recently delivered $10 million in funding to Ad Astra Rocket Company of Texas for further development of its Variable Specific Impulse Magnetoplasma Rocket (VASIMR), an electromagnetic thruster proficient of propelling a spaceship to Mars in just 39 days. NASA’s funding was part of the “12 Next Space Technologies for Exploration Partnership.” Ad Astra’s rocket will travel ten times quicker than today’s chemical rockets while using one-tenth the amount of fuel. The VASIMR system would…

VASIMR Rocket Could Send Humans To Mars In Just 39 Days A new type of rocket that could send humans to Mars in less than six weeks instead of six months or longer may be one step closer to reality. NASA has selected Texas-based Ad Astra Rocket Company for a round of funding to help develop the Variable Specific Impulse Magnetoplasma Rocket, or VASIMR. The new rocket uses plasma and magnets, not to lift spacecraft into orbit but to propel them further and faster once they've escaped the…

New Rocket Could Send Humans To Mars In 39 Days

VASIMR Rocket Could Send Humans To Mars In Just 39 Days A new type of rocket that could send humans to Mars in less than six weeks instead of six months or longer may be one step closer to reality. NASA has selected Texas-based Ad Astra Rocket Company for a round of funding to help develop the Variable Specific Impulse Magnetoplasma Rocket, or VASIMR. The new rocket uses plasma and magnets, not to lift spacecraft into orbit but to propel them further and faster once they've escaped the…

Magnetoplasma Rocket The Variable Specific Impulse Magnetoplasma Rocket (VASIMR®) represents the future of translunar and interplanetary transportation as well as propulsion within Earth orbit. Its superb efficiency compared to that of a conventional chemical rocket allows double the payload mass for lunar delivery and half the transit time to Mars. Its robust design allows much greater power levels than existing electric propulsion systems and promises longer lifetimes.

Magnetoplasma Rocket The Variable Specific Impulse Magnetoplasma Rocket (VASIMR®) represents the future of translunar and interplanetary transportation as well as propulsion within Earth orbit. Its superb efficiency compared to that of a conventional chemical rocket allows double the payload mass for lunar delivery and half the transit time to Mars. Its robust design allows much greater power levels than existing electric propulsion systems and promises longer lifetimes.

Franklin-with-VASIMR (Image Courtesy Photographers: Robert Markowitz and Bill Stafford. NASA recently provided $10 million in funding to Ad Astra Rocket Company of Texas for further development of its Variable Specific Impulse Magnetoplasma Rocket (VASIMR), an…

Franklin-with-VASIMR (Image Courtesy Photographers: Robert Markowitz and Bill Stafford. NASA recently provided $10 million in funding to Ad Astra Rocket Company of Texas for further development of its Variable Specific Impulse Magnetoplasma Rocket (VASIMR), an…

Franklin Ramon Chang Diaz with NASA→Variable Specific Impulse Magnetoplasma Rocket (VASIMR) and Leik N. Myrabo with Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute→Microwave Lightcraft Ion Propulsion and Ionized Plasma Propulsion) → Style of Speed Air-augmented and Air-breathing Magnetoplasma Rocket/Magnetoair-plasma Rocket, Air-augmented and Air-breathing Magnetoplasma Jet/Magnetoair-plasma Jet, and Multimode Plasma Engine (Original graphic by NASA)

Franklin Ramon Chang Diaz with NASA→Variable Specific Impulse Magnetoplasma Rocket (VASIMR) and Leik N. Myrabo with Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute→Microwave Lightcraft Ion Propulsion and Ionized Plasma Propulsion) → Style of Speed Air-augmented and Air-breathing Magnetoplasma Rocket/Magnetoair-plasma Rocket, Air-augmented and Air-breathing Magnetoplasma Jet/Magnetoair-plasma Jet, and Multimode Plasma Engine (Original graphic by NASA)

A potential spacecraft called Icarus Pathfinder would be powered by electromagnetic VASIMR (Variable Specific Impulse Magnetoplasma Rocket) engines, taking it out to 1,000 times the distance from Earth to the sun.

A potential spacecraft called Icarus Pathfinder would be powered by electromagnetic VASIMR (Variable Specific Impulse Magnetoplasma Rocket) engines, taking it out to 1,000 times the distance from Earth to the sun.

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