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NASA looking to use plasma propulsion in space

05/13/2005 12:00 PM

Engineers and scientists at NASA are looking into the use of magnetic nozzles to support plasma-based propulsion systems to reduce travel times for future space exploration. The project, initiated by the University of Texas at Austin and the Propulsion Research Center, has two objectives - to develop the magnetic nozzle to direct plasma flow and to determine the most efficient way to produce thrust by blasting plasma through the nozzle.

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05/13/2005 1:51 PM

Shaping the plasma in a magnetic bottle should also make the craft more fuel efficient. The less variance on the exit vector the more accurate the trajectory and the less wasted energy.

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