Improve Ion Engines and prove VASIMR Technology
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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