Magnetoplasmic Rockets to Mars…?

5 03 2010

NASA VASIMR Lab Design

Obama’s new potential budgetary influx to NASA has re-opened avenues of research.  One of them is the VASIMR (Variable Specific Impulse Magnetoplasma Rocket) technology, a privately-funded resurrection of plasma rocket prototypes from the late ’90s that could trim travel time to Mars down to just more than a month

The problem is power.

In order to reach those kinds of travel times, a power source nearly 1,000 times more powerful than what is currently available on-orbit is required.  It looks like our next breakthrough will need to involve orbital power generation.

Something to think about…








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