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To Mars and Beyond, Fast! : How Plasma Propulsion Will Revolutionize Space Exploration - (Paperback)

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As advanced in-space propulsion moves from science fiction to reality, the Variable Specific Impulse Magnetoplasma Rocket, or VASIMR® engine, is a leading contender for making 'Mars in a month' a possibility. A paradigm shift in space transportation, this book is an in-depth and compelling story co-written by its inventor. It traces the riveting history of the development of the VASIMR® engine. This landmark technology is grounded in concepts of advanced plasma physics. It cross-pollinates ideas and disciplines to offer a new, practical, and sustainable solution for in-space transportation beyond low Earth orbit in the decades to come. Invented by the co-holder of the world’s spaceflight record, astronaut Franklin Chang Díaz, the VASIMR®  engine is developed by Ad Astra Rocket Company in its Texas facilities with NASA as part of the NextSTEP VASIMR® partnership. With adequate funding, the first spaceflight of the VASIMR® engine is imminent. Plasma rockets feature exhaust velocities far above those achievable by conventional chemical rockets. The VASIMR® engine is the most advanced high-power plasma propulsion system operating in the world today and it may place long, fast interplanetary journeys withinour reach in the near future. 
Number of Pages: 201
Genre: Science, Technology
Sub-Genre: Astronomy, Aeronautics + Astronautics, Astrophysics + Space Science
Series Title: Space Exploration
Format: Paperback
Publisher: Springer Verlag
Author: Franklin Chang Diaz & Erik Seedhouse
Language: English
Street Date: June 14, 2017
TCIN: 50773391
UPC: 9783319229171
Item Number (DPCI): 248-10-8871
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