Faster propulsion technology for space travel. Credit: Ad Astra Rocket Company

Faster propulsion technology for space travel.
Credit: Ad Astra Rocket Company


The Ad Astra Rocket Company of Webster, Texas has released an intriguing video on the future of their VASIMR engine concept.

Since the 1970s, starting at MIT and then for 25 years at NASA, astronaut Franklin Chang Díaz and his team of scientists have worked to develop a faster propulsion technology for space travel.

The result is the Variable Specific Impulse Magnetoplasma Rocket (VASIMR) engine.

Today, former astronaut Díaz is Ad Astra’s Chairman and Chief Executive Officer.

Former astronaut Franklin Chang Díaz, Ad Astra’s Chairman and Chief Executive Officer.  Courtesy: Ad Astra Rocket Company

Former astronaut Franklin Chang Díaz, Ad Astra’s Chairman and Chief Executive Officer.
Courtesy: Ad Astra Rocket Company

Ad Astra also owns and operates Ad Astra Servicios Energéticos y Ambientales (AASEA) and Ad Astra Rocket Company, Costa Rica, respectively supporting research and development subsidiaries in the U.S. and Guanacaste, Costa Rica.

VASIMR is a plasma rocket that can travel 10 times faster than a chemical rocket, uses 1/10th the amount of fuel, and can transport cargo more economically than any existing space technology. This advanced plasma space propulsion system is aimed at the emerging in-space transportation market.

The new video is a Boundless Media and Ad Astra Rocket Company film production and can be viewed here:

http://youtu.be/5ZcVGpyvLZ8

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