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Improve Ion Engines and prove VASIMR Technology

Bernard Isker

November 26, 2012

The key to Planetary Exploration in the 21st century is to stop relying on chemical rockets to get us there. We need a radical new technology that cuts the time it takes to get to the target and increases the payload. I don't see a lot of money going to this effort. We also need to start up the RTG build effort if we want to explore beyond Mars.

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Ian Miller: 11/27/2012 07:49 CST

I agree chemical-based rockets are not adequate for traveling through space, and we need a more efficient means of getting load up to orbit. Trying to send people to mars with chemical rockets is a bit like the Celts trying to colonize America using coracles.

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