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=/\= holy crap! now that! is an engine!
« on: October 19, 2009, 07:14:22 pm »
was reading this writeup today of a new ion engine design. amazing tech here, it can cut the six month trip to mars by regular rocket propulsion down to 39 days!!! it is called the "Variable Specific Impulse Magnetoplasma Rocket (VASIMRŽ)" good read and informative.

start here: http://science.slashdot.org/story/09/10/19/1324222/VASIMR-Ion-Engine-Could-Cut-Mars-Trip-To-39-Days

the VASIMR main page has a nice illustration and is located here: http://www.adastrarocket.com/VASIMR.html

interesting writeup on canada.com about the voyage to mars itself: http://www.canada.com/technology/rocket+engine+could+make+trips+Mars+realistic/2119300/story.html
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