Latest Ion thruster Stories

2009-10-14 08:48:04

The Naval Research Laboratory's (NRL's) Ion Tiger, a hydrogen-powered fuel cell unmanned air vehicle (UAV), has flown 23 hours and 17 minutes, setting an unofficial flight endurance record for a fuel-cell powered flight.

2009-06-09 08:48:21

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2009-05-26 14:40:13

ESA's gravity mission GOCE has achieved a first in the history of satellite technology.

2009-04-06 10:15:00

GOCE's sophisticated electric ion propulsion system has been switched on and confirmed to be operating normally, marking another crucial milestone in the satellite's post-launch commissioning phase.

2009-03-18 13:59:07

After liftoff March 17, ESA's GOCE spacecraft is performing very well, having achieved an extremely accurate injection altitude just 1.5 km lower than planned.

2009-03-17 09:40:00

ESA’s Gravity field and steady-state Ocean Circulation Explorer (GOCE) successfully launched on schedule Tuesday with plans to provide an unprecedented view of Earth’s gravity field.

2009-03-12 15:19:18


2009-03-12 12:47:23

Early this morning the Cassini spacecraft relayed information that it had successfully swapped to a backup set of propulsion thrusters late Wednesday.

2009-03-10 16:20:00

This month an ESA team is preparing to test the performance of the smallest yet most precisely controllable engine ever built for space, sensitive enough to counteract the force of incoming sunshine.

2009-03-10 13:14:47

European Space Agency scientists say they are ready to test the smallest yet most precisely controllable engine ever built for space. Measuring only 10 centimeters across, the ESA said its Field Emission Electric Propulsion engine produces an average thrust equivalent to the force of a falling hair, but sensitive enough to counteract the force of incoming sunshine. Despite its low power, the ESA said FEEP's thrust range and controllability are far superior to more forceful thrusters. Most...

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