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Ion


Notional electric/mercury rocket engine. 0.275 kN. Study 1981. Conceptual ion engine design of the 1970's for a shuttle-sized upper stage. Isp=5300s.

Status: Study 1981.
Thrust: 275 N (62 lbf).
Specific impulse: 5,300 s.
Burn time: 1,900,000 s.

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Associated Countries
Associated Spacecraft
  • Ion American space tug. Study 1990. 1970's conceptual design of ion upper stage sized for use in the shuttle. It was nuclear-electric and intended for trans-Jovian planetary missions More...

See also
Associated Propellants
  • Electric/Mercury The many versions of electric engines use electric or magnetic fields to accelerate ionized elements to high velocity, creating thrust. The power source can be a nuclear reactor or thermal-electric generator, or solar panels. Proposed as propellant for some ion motors. More...

Associated Stages
  • Ion Electric/Mercury propellant rocket stage. Loaded/empty mass 15,627/5,498 kg. Thrust 0.27 kN. Vacuum specific impulse 5300 seconds. 1970's conceptual design of ion upper stage sized for use in the shuttle. It was nuclear-electric and intended for trans-Jovian planetary missions More...

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