Advanced Space Propulsion
SPACE FLIGHT EXPERIMENT
flight experiment using this new technology will involve a small,
10 kW solar powered spacecraft. Lofted with a VASIMR engine to
several thousand kilometers above the Earth, the craft will also
make important scientific measurements of the Van Allen radiation
belts that encircle our planet at those altitudes. These measurements
are important, as human crews en route to Mars will have to be
protected as they fly through these regions.
proposed International Space Station demonstration involves a 25-kilowatt
solar powered VASIMR engine, which will be tested for future use to
neutralize the atmospheric drag of the station.