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2010-02-27 07:05:00

A rocket scientist has gotten the attention of the US space agency, after he announced that a journey from the Earth to Mars could soon take only 39 days, cutting the travel time down nearly six-fold. Franklin Chang-Diaz, a physicist at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and former NASA astronaut, says his VASIMR rocket could reach the Red Planet in record time, according to a recent AFP report. The Variable Specific Impulse Magnetoplasma Rocket, which has been in development...

2010-01-15 13:16:00

HOUSTON, Jan. 15 /PRNewswire/ -- Ad Astra Rocket Company, a world leader in plasma rockets and MEI Technologies, Inc., a nationwide aerospace, defense and technology company, have joined forces creating a strategic alliance in support of Ad Astra's Variable Specific Impulse Magnetoplasma Rocket (VASIMR®) rocket development. The alliance combines Ad Astra's expertise in plasma physics and advanced rocket propulsion with MEI Technologies' well-established knowledge in...

2008-12-18 15:38:12

The U.S. space agency says it has signed an agreement that might lead to testing of a new plasma-based propulsion system at the International Space Station. The National Aeronautics and Space Administration and the Ad Astra Rocket Co. of Webster, Texas, signed the Space Act Agreement. Ad Astra is commercially developing the Variable Specific Impulse Magnetoplasma Rocket engine that was initially studied by NASA. The space agency said the agreement is the first for a payload on the station's...

2008-12-18 09:51:31

NASA and Ad Astra Rocket Company of Webster, Texas, have signed a Space Act Agreement that could lead to the testing of a new plasma-based space propulsion technology on the International Space Station. The Variable Specific Impulse Magnetoplasma Rocket (VASIMR) engine initially was studied by NASA and is being commercially developed by Ad Astra. This is the first such agreement for a payload on the station's exterior and represents an expansion of NASA's plans to operate the U.S. portion of...

2008-12-17 17:18:00

WASHINGTON, Dec. 17 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- NASA and Ad Astra Rocket Company of Webster, Texas, have signed a Space Act Agreement that could lead to the testing of a new plasma-based space propulsion technology on the International Space Station. The Variable Specific Impulse Magnetoplasma Rocket (VASIMR) engine initially was studied by NASA and is being commercially developed by Ad Astra. (Logo: http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20081007/38461LOGO ) This is the first such agreement...

2006-07-20 10:36:40

By John McPhaul LIBERIA, Costa Rica (Reuters) - Better known for coffee, surfing and jungles, tiny tropical Costa Rica is now home to scientists working on a plasma rocket engine they hope will slash travel times to the moon and beyond. Led by Costa Rican-born former NASA space shuttle astronaut Franklin Chang-Diaz, the Houston-based Ad Astra Rocket Company inaugurated a site last weekend in the Central American nation to test rocket components. The company hopes to sell the...


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2011-04-11 13:32:37

Franklin Diaz Franklin Diaz is a Costa Rican-American engineer, physicist and former NASA astronaut. He was born Franklin Ramón Chang Díaz on April 5, 1950 in San José, Costa Rica. His father is of Chinese descent and his mother is of Spanish and Costa Rican descent. He studied at La Salle School, and then he moved to the United States to finish high school. He earned a Bachelor of Science degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Connecticut in 1973, and later went...

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