Mars2010_ Pt5of6_ Various Panelists_ The VASIMR Drive For Space Exploration_ Panel Discussion.mp4

Mars2010_ Pt5of6_ Various Panelists_ The Vasimr Drive For Space Exploration_ Panel Discussion. The Variable Specific Impulse Magnetoplasma Rocket (VASIMR) is an electro-magnetic thruster for spacecraft propulsion. It uses radio waves to ionize and heat a propellant and magnetic fields to accelerate the resulting plasma to generate thrust. It is one of several types of spacecraft electric propulsion systems. The method of heating plasma used in VASIMR was originally developed as a result of research into nuclear fusion. VASIMR is intended to bridge the gap between high-thrust, low-specific impulse propulsion systems and low-thrust, high-specific impulse systems. VASIMR is capable of functioning in either mode. Costa Rican scientist and former astronaut Franklin Chang-Diaz created the VASIMR concept and has been working on its development since 1977.
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  1. Dr Zubrin Vasimr or other ion engines may not be useful for sending humans to mars but they could drastically increase the amount of dead cargo to mars.

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