[extropy-chat] next generation of ion engines

Adrian Tymes wingcat at pacbell.net
Fri Jan 13 17:39:56 UTC 2006

Hmm.  The stats on it as listed at
suggest that you could get up to a full Newton of thrust with
100 cm^2 of grid.  I wonder how light one could build an engine
that size?  If one could also find a battery or capacitor
capable of delivering 100 kW over 10-15 minutes, such that
battery/capacitor plus grid was less than a kilogram total mass,
one could use this for ground launches.  (Some googling seems
to indicate that said amount for the energy storage alone - at
about 17-25 kWh/kg - it either well beyond or about at the limit
of current technology, and that's not including the engine's

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