posted on Jul, 3 2013 @ 12:53 PM
So for those that are more mathematically inclined than I, how would these ion propulsion systems compare to say, the Voyager spacecraft? Assuming a
launch of two identical probes, except for propulsion systems, how far would the ion propelled craft have traveled versus the conventional Voyager 1
based on the same launch date of September 5, 1977? Since the Voyagers relied primarily on planetary, gravitational "slingshot" trajectories, wouldn't
it make since that an ion propelled craft would have covered a much greater distance by now? If so, why haven't we launched something like this to
explore interstellar space?
edit on 7/3/13 by surfinguru because: (no reason given)