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At 200 kilowatts of power the plasma rocket delivers 5.7 Newtons of thrust at 72% efficiency and exhaust speed of 50 kilometers per second.
Many of the flight applications at the heart of our business model – orbital debris removal, satellite servicing, cargo flights to the Moon and Mars, and ejecting fast probes to the outer solar system
Originally posted by RedGolem
reply to post by mysteryskeptic
Thirty nine days to Mars, wow that is fast, would not have thought it.
A rail launch system, that just sounds strange, would it really feasible?
At the Kennedy Space Center, a 2-mile (3.2-kilometer) test-launch track could be installed between NASA's huge Vehicle Assembly Building – where shuttles are assembled for launch — and Launch Pad 39A, from where orbiters blast off.
But there are some challenges. To launch on an electrified track, for instance, the track would have to withstand at least 10 times the speeds commonly seen on tracks used for roller coasters, NASA scientists said.