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NASA’s NEXT ion drive breaks world record, will eventually power interplanetary missions

Technology / Hardware : Extremetech

Proving yet again that Star Trek was scarily prescient, NASA has announced that its NEXT ion drive -- NASA's Evolutionary Xenon Thruster -- has operated continually for over 43,000 hours (five years). This is an important developmen...

Paddy Neumann’s Bounce Per Ounce is Better Than NASA’s

Technology / Gadgets : Hack a Day

[Paddy Neumann] is an Australian physicist and founder of Neumann Space, a space start-up with a record-breaking ion drive. The team at Neumann Space built an ion engine that broke the previous specific impulse (bounce per ounce) re...

Patent For “Impossible” EM Drive Made Public

Society & Culture / Paranormal : Mysterious Universe

The EM Drive hasn’t even been fully tested in actual space conditions, yet the physics-defying engine is already making waves throughout the aerospace and science news worlds. When the news first broke that NASA engineers might have...

The Ultimate Space Gadget: NASA's Ion Drive Live!

Academics / Astronomy : The Daily Galaxy

We're one step closer to Star Trek, with NASA successfully testing an experimental Ion Drive in Earth orbit. In fact, since the Enterprise only had thrusters for low-speed maneuvers, this means we've got something even the guys with...

NASA Sets Record with Ion Thrusters Test

Technology / Social Media : Mashable: Social Media

NASA has completed a 43,000 hour stress test -- a record for ion thrusters -- on a new rocket propulsion system that could extend future space travel to farther reaches of the solar system. Developed by NASA's Evolutionary Xenon Thr...


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