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  • Aerojet Rocketdyne demonstrates electric propulsion capabilities for future deep space missions

    Derek RichardsonAugust 29th, 2018

    An early systems integration test was performed by Aerojet Rocketdyne for NASA’s Advanced Electric Propulsion System (AEPS) program, which includes technology that could be used on NASA’s proposed lunar orbiting outpost in the early 2020s, the company said.

  • Solar Electric Propulsion: ARRM an uncertain test for new technology

    Michael ColeFebruary 28th, 2016

    Continuing our story about the solar electric propulsion (SEP) program at NASA's Glenn Research Center and its proposed demonstration on the future Asteroid Redirect Robotic Mission (ARRM), the effort to design and build higher powered systems is a high priority at the center. Part of the reason for this urgency is that a high powered SEP engine is needed, most immediately, for the propulsion system of the ARRM and has been a high priority at NASA because the direction for it came straight from President Obama, himself.

  • Solar Electric Propulsion: NASA’s engine to Mars and Beyond

    Michael ColeFebruary 26th, 2016

    NASA is hard at work developing what they believe is the best space engine for future missions to Mars and beyond. It's not warp drive. No, nothing so exotic or dreamy. In fact, it already exists. The challenge is to enhance it for our needs in space in the coming decades. That is the hope, and the goal, of NASA's continuing development of solar electric propulsion.

  • NASA selects ‘Option B’ for Asteroid Redirect Mission

    Collin SkocikMarch 28th, 2015

    NASA has announced that it has selected “Option B” for its Asteroid Redirect Mission (more commonly referred to as ARM), meaning that rather than towing an entire asteroid into lunar orbit, it will instead retrieve a boulder from an asteroid and bring it into a distant retrograde lunar orbit. Using Solar Electric Propulsion (SEP), an […]