MagBeam Propulsion: To Mars And Back In 90 Days

MagBeam Propulsion: To Mars And Back In 90 Days
Artist's representation of magnetized-beam plasma propulsion.
(Image: © University of Washington)

  • One power source could be used to power multiple craft (serially, not at the same time).
  • The power source could use solar energy, resulting in additional cost savings.
  • Plasma propellants are accelerated to speeds an order of magnitude greater than those achieved by chemical rocket propellants, resulting in higher spacecraft velocities - at least 26,000 miles per hour.

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