Wednesday, January 07, 2009

NASA and Ad-Astra reach deal

NASA and Ad Astra Rocket Company 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 was initially studied by NASA and is being commercially developed by Ad Astra — a Houston-based enterprise led by Costa Rican physicist and former NASA astronaut Franklin Chang-Diaz.

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