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ion propulsion

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The Hayabusa 2 is a solar-powered spacecraft with ion propulsion. Hayabusa 2 is expected to conduct experiments on Ryugu until the end of 2019, after which it will begin its return journey, with a plan to reach home by the end of 2020.
A key feature of BepiColombo is that it is the first interplanetary mission to employ advanced electric ion propulsion technology.
It also is the first NASA exploratory space probe to make use of ion propulsion in order to enter into orbit.
Rayman will give a presentation on the Dawn mission and its use of ion propulsion, as well as its two exotic destinations.
NASA uses ion propulsion to power spacecraft into deep space.
"Orbital ATK's flight-proven technology and extensive space systems experience played key roles in building the Dawn spacecraft and integrating the ion propulsion system provided by the Jet Propulsion Laboratory," said Frank Culbertson, president of Orbital ATK's Space Systems Group.
It's powered by ion propulsion engines, which provide gentle yet constant acceleration, making it more efficient than conventional rocket fuel.
The spacecraft uses ion propulsion to traverse space far more efficiently than if it used chemical propulsion.
WASHINGTON (CyHAN)- Ion propulsion isn't something found only in science fiction.
He pointed out that the Dawn spacecraft, which since last summer has orbited the Asteroid Belt's second largest object, the protoplanet Vesta; will soon use ion propulsion to embark on a flight to orbit the dwarf planet Ceres in 2015.
To make its escape from Vesta, the spacecraft will spiral away as gently as it arrived, using a special, hyper-efficient system called ion propulsion. Dawn's ion propulsion system uses electricity to ionize xenon to generate thrust.