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Mini-Helicon Plasma Thruster

Mini-Helicon Plasma Thruster

Researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics Space Propulsion Laboratory are developing new plasma thrusters designed for satellite course corrections. Smaller, less expensive, and more energy efficient than traditional chemical rockets, the Mini-Helicon Plasma Thruster ...

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Biofuel Rocket Tests Successful

Biofuel Rocket Tests Successful

The California based company Flometrics recently completed tests of biodiesel fuel in rockets originally designed for kerosene propulsion. Although the tests did not run the Rocketdyne LR-101 engine at full thrust, results showed a mere four percent degradation in performance ...

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Rocket Racing League

Rocket Racing League

The Rocket Racing League (RRL) is a new futuristic sports league that was founded in 2005 by two-time Indianapolis 500 winning team partner Granger Whitelaw and X PRIZE Chairman and CEO Peter H. Diamandis, MD. The RRL combines speed racing ...

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Fast Plasma Rocket Test

Fast Plasma Rocket Test

Ad Astra Rocket Company of Webster, Texas is nearly ready to test its Variable Specific Impulse Magnetoplasma Rocket (VASIMR) in space. A scale model of the plasma rocket will be put through its paces at the International Space Station (ISS) ...

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Jet-Man is Here

Jet-Man is Here

It’s a bird. It’s a plane. No, it’s Jet-man! – a.k.a. Yves Rossy, former Swiss army pilot, currently Swiss airline pilot, and inventor who developed a working model of a personal winged jetpack. Jet-man jumped from a small plane over ...

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