Ion thruster development


Electric propulsion is set to become the main way to propel commercial spacecraft. The technology was developed by NASA in 1964, then subsequently abandoned by the US space agency, although used by Russia on hundreds of missions. Do you know when NASA used it again after the development program?

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Ben has worked as a journalist and editor, covering technology, engineering and industry for the last 20 years. Initially writing about subjects from nuclear submarines to autonomous cars to future design and manufacturing technologies, he was editor of a leading UK-based engineering magazine before becoming editor of Aerospace Testing in 2017.

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