Plasma Engine Passes Test

By Dave

Deep Space here we come.

I have to admit, I am a little bit of a Star Trek and Babylon 5 fan, and the fact that we are getting closer and closer to faster and more efficient forms of space propulsion really gets my Geek going.

BBC News has an article about a Plasma Engine that has recently passed initial testing.

The European Space Agency (Esa) says initial testing of a new plasma drive for spacecraft has been a success.

The ‘double layer thruster’ is a new kind of ion drive which could give much more power than existing versions.

It works by accelerating charged particles between two layers of argon plasma, gas where the atoms have been stripped of electrons.

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