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Headlines Remember that impossible ion drive? It's only breaking thrust and efficiency records.

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A thruster that's being developed for a future NASA mission to Mars broke several records during recent tests, suggesting that the technology is on track to take humans to the Red Planet within the next 20 years, project team members said.

The X3 thruster, which was designed by researchers at the University of Michigan in cooperation with NASA and the U.S. Air Force, is a Hall thruster — a system that propels spacecraft by accelerating a stream of electrically charged atoms, known as ions. In the recent demonstration conducted at NASA's Glenn Research Center in Ohio, the X3 broke records for the maximum power output, thrust and operating current achieved by a Hall thruster to date, according to the research team at the University of Michigan and representatives from NASA.

"We have shown that X3 can operate at over 100 kW of power," said Alec Gallimore, who is leading the project, in an interview with Space.com. "It operated at a huge range of power from 5 kW to 102 kW, with electrical current of up to 260 amperes. It generated 5.4 Newtons of thrust, which is the highest level of thrust achieved by any plasma thruster to date," added Gallimore, who is dean of engineering at the University of Michigan. The previous record was 3.3 Newtons, according to the school.

Hall thrusters and other types of ion engines use electricity (usually generated by solar panels) to expel plasma — a gas-like cloud of charged particles — out a nozzle, thus generating thrust. This technique can propel spacecraft to much greater speeds than chemical propulsion rockets can, according to NASA.

Full article: https://www.space.com/38444-mars-thruster-design-breaks-records.html


This is fucking magic. :clap:
 
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But... are they going to use that kind of engine to propel rockets out from earth atmosphere or in the void of space only? No I don't want to read the full article.
 

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But like... isn't Trump nominating some complete fucktard to lead NASA?

I'm all for the advancement of things but... seems insurmountable with an administration that thinks dinosaurs and climate change are a Chinese hoax.

edit: This Dark Age will make the Dark Age look light.
 
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But like... isn't Trump nominating some complete fucktard to lead NASA?

I'm all for the advancement of things but... seems insurmountable with an administration that thinks dinosaurs and climate change are a Chinese hoax.

edit: This Dark Age will make the Dark Age look light.
People said the same thing during both Bush admins. Gutting NASA hasn't been fashionable for a while, and regardless of the talking points, we're pretty big fans of the military tech they end up discovering. Plus, I think we're at the point where private space companies could take over and we'd never actually miss NASA.
 

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All right! I can't wait to send you fuck - ups away on your little "space quest" Uh, one small step for you = one less asshole driving in rush hour for me. Go. Now. Enough testing.
 
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