Category: Space propulsion

solar sail

Solar sails : all you need to know and news

Solar sails could be an effective solution for cleaning the geostationary orbit – News of May 28, 2019 – Solar sails can be used to maneuver in orbit. We can imagine them to navigate to one or more space debris to capture them. In this situation, the advantage of a solar sail is that its…
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sabre engine

All about the SABRE engine and news

Why does the SABRE engine has a curved shape ? – News of March 24, 2019 The shape of the SABRE engine can be surprising. Over its entire length, it has a total inclination of 14 degrees. In reality, the reactor does not need to be curved. This, however, is necessary for the operation of…
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ion engine

All about ion engine and news

A Hall-effect thruster could equip the LOP-G – News of March 3, 2019 – The X3 ion thruster is a very interesting project from NASA’s Next Leap program. The goal of this program is to develop some of the technologies that will further explore the solar system. X3 is a Hall-effect thruster. This means that…
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nuclear thermal propulsion

All about nuclear thermal propulsion in space and news

The performance of nuclear thermal propulsion could be boosted – News of February 10, 2019 – Nuclear engines achieved advanced development as early as the 1960s. Nuclear thermal propulsion (NTP) provides thrust by reducing pressure of hydrogen through the heat of a nuclear reactor. This generates a strong thrust but it is insufficient to propel…
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rtg radioisotope thermoelectric-generator

All about RTG (Radioisotope Thermoelectric Generator) and news

What would happen if we had to face an incident involving an RTG ? – News of October 7, 2018 – The use of the Radioisotope Thermoelectric Generator (RTG) in space still has a bright future. In 2013, the United States of America resumed the production of plutonium-238 for space use, for the first time…
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ionic engine

All about electric propulsion in space and news

ESA develops an electric thruster powered by gas – News of March 6, 2018 – ESA announced yesterday on its website to have tested a new type of thrusters concept very interesting. Satellites placed in very low orbits, around 200 km above sea level, have to cope with the residual friction of the Earth’s atmosphere.…
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