posted on May, 28 2004 @ 12:49 PM
After reading and reading and reasearching. It seems to me that the Vasimr propulsion is probably the best bet for us to work on to get us in full
swing of exploring our solar system. with Mars as our first stop..
Here are some links to this tech. I am looking for any information regarding weather this is still being researched, since nasa cut the Propulsion
Breakthrough program in 03. If anyone has any information this please post it.
"Trimming travel time between Earth and various space targets is crucial to keeping human and robotic surveys of the solar system prospering into the
21st Century. Faster rockets cut back on an astronaut's radiation intake. Being a space speedster may also reduce loss of bone and muscle mass, as
well as limit circulatory changes due to prolonged microgravity exposure. One approach to express lane rocketry is tagged the Variable Specific
Impulse Magnetoplasma Rocket (VASIMR). With VASIMR's oomph, a 10-month one-way trek to Mars -- the standard assumed for today's chemical rockets --
would be reduced to just four months. Research on this high-tech propulsion method has turned controversial, however. VASIMR supporters see dream
machinery in the making. Other propulsion experts claim the engine delivers more hype than hypervelocity."
Credit Mars news.com
We will thank former astronaught Chang Diaz once we start using the Vasmi
"Chang Díaz, Director of the ASPL, is a man of many talents. He has a number of challenging missions under his belt since becoming an astronaut, such
as taking part in the final shuttle-Mir docking. In a footnote to history, he was spared the fate of the Challenger crew in 1986 as a result of his
team being moved up one flight in a last minute re-shuffle. Chang Díaz has a Ph.D. in plasma research and has been working on these rockets since
1979. So how exactly do they work?"
Thanks to universetoday.com
Do a google on vasimr and you will see that Russia is all over this. I did not post the pages as I cannot read 99% of it but I am sure some of you
Anyone have any information as to weather Nasa has picked this research back up or for that matter any space program?