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NASA Ion Engine Completes 48K Hours of Successful Testing

NASA this week announced that its advanced ion propulsion has completed 48,000 hours (five and a half years) of successful testing. This makes it the longest-tested space propulsion system in NASA history. The NASA Evolutionary Xenon Thruster (NEXT) Project has created a 7-kilowatt class thruster that will be used in future space missions, including deep space missions. The engine runs …

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