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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.

Krypton propellant ionized and electrically accelerated to produce thrust.

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Associated Engines
  • NASA-400M NASA Cleveland electric/krypton rocket engine. 1 N. Isp=4000s. Developed to investigate high-power, high specific impulse Hall thruster operation in 2004. More...

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