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originally posted by: stormbringer1701 with ten years of funding i bet we will see improved prototypes like i was talking about earlier. probably MOAR thrust!
good news. the ten years of funding also applies to two other companies. the one that makes the elf thruster. and that same company also is making a fusion reactor rocket in partnership with NASA. The also licensed the fusion technology to another company called helion. The other Grant went to another company with a ion thruster design.
originally posted by: _Del_
You'd better spend the ten years of funding on smaller, lighter reactors first
The three NextSTEP advanced propulsion projects, $400,000 to $3.5 million per year per award, will have no more than a three-year performance period focused on ground testing efforts. The selected companies are:
Ad Astra Rocket Company of Webster, Texas
Aeroject Rocketdyne Inc. of Redmond, Washington
MSNW LLC of Redmond, Washington
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i think elf thrusters are gonna be a thing with satellite makers and owners first. perhaps some space probes. then maybe someone will use 'em for a manned vehicle.
originally posted by: charlyv
a reply to: stormbringer1701
Wow, if those "specs" are even close, it is a massive leap forward. (pun intended).
Is there a planning stage vehicle that might consider using this technology?
Got to get it into space to know what it can really do.