RF Plasma Amplifier for Plasma Rocket Propulsion System
The Ad Astra Rocket Company of Texas approached Nautel in 2007 to develop a radio-frequency plasma amplifier to be used in a plasma rocket propulsion system. Utilizing high efficiency solid state RF generators made by Nautel, Ad Astra’s VASIMR® VX-200 rocket project achieved a highly-coveted new power milestone of 200 kW maximum power in September, 2009.
Originally studied by NASA, this technology is expected to revolutionize space travel greatly reducing the operational costs of space exploration and shortening transit times for missions to Mars, and Nautel is playing a key role in its development.
- Case Study for High Power Amplifier for Plasma Rocket Engine
- Ad Astra press release - VASIMR VX-200 reaches 200 kW power milestone
- Nautel's rocket science featured in Progress Magazine publication
- Nautel Spacecraft Technology Press Release
- To learn more about plasma rockets visit www.adastrarocket.com
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- Scientific American article on VASMIR™ plasma rocket
- Ad Astra Rocket Science Video
- Plasma Rocket May Be Tested at Space Station
- Ad Astra featured on Daily Planet
- Astronaut Chris Hadfield talks about plasma rocket technology