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NASA and Ad Astra Sign New VASIMR Deal

By Keith Cowing
August 10, 2015
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NASA and Ad Astra Sign New VASIMR Deal

Ad Astra Rocket Company and NASA move to execution phase of NextSTEP VASIMR partnership
“NASA’s Advanced Exploration Systems Program sponsors NextSTEP awards in a 50/50 cost partnership with industry. Under this award, Ad Astra will conduct a long duration, high power test of an upgraded version of the VX-200TM VASIMR prototype, the VX-200SSTM (for steady state), for a minimum of 100 hours continuously at a power level of 100 kW. These experiments aim to demonstrate the engine’s new proprietary core design and thermal control subsystem and to better estimate component lifetime. The tests will be conducted in Ad Astra’s large, state-of-the-art vacuum chamber in the company’s Texas facility.”

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