Once free of the Earth's gravity, the rocket can use the ion engine
to achieve very high speed even though the thrust is measured in ounces of force.
While Dawn needed to make several changes in its direction while spiraling between most previous orbits at Ceres, engineers have figured out a way for the spacecraft to arrive at this next orbit while the ion engine
thrusts in the same direction that Dawn is already going.
As any "Star Wars" fan would tell you, TIE stands for Twin Ion Engine
Solar sails fall into the same category as ion engine
technology in that they are very low thrust, but highly efficient.
Our spaceships are equipped with ion engine
and atomic weapons.
He said it only has a small, putt-putt ion engine
on it that's good for fine maneuvers, but it's not good for getting it out of harm's way, so this one was definitely going to come down at some point or other.
Unlike most spacecraft, which use thrusters to adjust their orbits, it has a highly efficient propulsion system called an ion engine
It stays aloft thanks to an ion engine
that began with a stock of 41 kilos (90.
Because of this, the team already has their sights set on the next ion thruster design, an annular ion engine
, which should provide an answer to this problem.
THE slowest mission to the Moon was the ESA SMART-1 lunar probe which was launched on September 27, 2003, powered by an ion engine
There were times I almost felt defeated and wondered about waving the white flag,Ao Hitoshi Kuninaka, designer and engineer for the ion engine
, told a JAXA interviewer just before the landing back on Earth.
In early February 2009 this probe ignited a single ion engine
to begin pulsing it for up to 8 000 hours to propel it back towards the Earth.