VASIMR

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The Variable Specific Impulse Magnetoplasma Rocket (VASIMR) is an electro-magnetic thruster for spacecraft propulsion. It uses radio waves to ionize a propellant and magnetic fields to accelerate the resulting plasma to generate thrust.

en.wikipedia.org/wiki/VASIMR


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    natedog

    but will it take off?

    RSIxidor

    Hey, using magnets to do stuff is fucking awesome.

    Queensly

    Fleshlight?

    TGGeko

    Sweet we have Ion engines.

    origuy

    Ionized Plasma, but yes we can build TIE fighters now. Dogfights will take days or weeks, and the ships will be the size of buses.

    tc

    The Orion Project was way cooler!

    en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Project_Orion_(nuclear_propulsion)

    George Dyson’s book ‘Project Orion’ is a great read.

    WistfulD

    Very cool, and unlike Project Orion, might actually occur in this political climate (nukes in space? that won’t freak out other nations). Neat technology, but the energy usage makes it difficult to implement.