One of the many technologies being considered for future space flight programs are ion thrusters, which come from a subset of propulsion known as electric propulsion.

They’re particularly popular for their high efficiency and long accelerating times. Unlike chemical propulsion systems, which only have enough fuel to launch the rocket out of orbit, ion thrusters have fuel that can last many years. By inertia, constantly excreting this fuel allows them to accelerate bodies to extremely high speeds over time.

In short, they operate by ionizing propellant (usually xenon) and producing plasma, which can be manipulated by electric and magnetic fields…

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