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blunt
16-01-2006, 12:37 PM
Beyond cool (http://www.physorg.com/news9786.html) ...

"The European Space Agency and the Australian National University have successfully tested a new design of spacecraft ion engine that dramatically improves performance over present thrusters and marks a major step forward in space propulsion capability."

HMGovt
16-01-2006, 01:09 PM
Beyond cool (http://www.physorg.com/news9786.html) ...

"The European Space Agency and the Australian National University have successfully tested a new design of spacecraft ion engine that dramatically improves performance over present thrusters and marks a major step forward in space propulsion capability."

Yeah, that's cool, but ion drives are a bit old hat really. This (http://www.newscientist.com/channel/fundamentals/mg18925331.200) , however will mean Earth to Mars in 3 hours, Earth to nearest star in 11 days.

the original paper is here http://www.hpcc-space.de/publications/documents/aiaa2004-3700-a4.pdf

Melchior
16-01-2006, 08:07 PM
I find this exciting for reasons that I can't begin to explain...

Grievous Angel
16-01-2006, 08:30 PM
That's a link and a half, HMG, thanks!

blunt
17-01-2006, 07:59 AM
This, however, will mean Earth to Mars in 3 hours, Earth to nearest star in 11 days.

Crikey, Moses... you win!

"I'll see your ion drive, and raise you one hyperdrive." ;)

Canada J Soup
17-01-2006, 07:17 PM
I expect that the anti-gravity hyperdrive flying saucers we'll be commuting to Mars in will also need ion engines for parking.

There's a good Wikipedia entry (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Burkhard_Heim) on Heim: A reclusive, disfigured, blind, deaf former Nazi rocket scientist with a photographic memory who theorized a clean hydrogen bomb at the age of 18, went on to develop a unified Theory Of Everything and invented an anti-gravity engine along the way.

Comicbooktastic.

DigitalDjigit
20-01-2006, 06:14 PM
I thought Ion drives are only for space travel. They are not powerful enough for landing or taking off.