There are a lot of hurdles to jump before we send the first human crew to Mars. Fuel for such a long mission adds a lot of weight and expense, and the time it takes to get there leaves astronauts exposed to hazardous doses of radiation. The ultimate dream would be a propulsion system that uses minimal fuel and gets us there as fast as possible. The VASIMR engine could be that dream — but it has some high-profile doubters.
A Miasma of Incandescent Plasma
Et Tu, Elon?
The VASIMR Engine: How to Get to Mars in 40 Days
Written by Ashley Hamer January 26, 2018
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