How Do Ion Engines Work? The Most Efficient Propulsion System Out There 🎥 Science Technology | Channify

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People always ask me why we’re stuck with chemical rockets. Seriously, exploding a bunch of hydrogen or kerosene is the best we can do? Good news, there are other, exotic science fiction-sounding propulsion systems out there which use electromagnetic fields to accelerate atoms, allowing their spacecraft to accelerate for months at a time. I’m talking about ion engines, of course, and several spacecraft have already used these exotic thrusters to perform some of the most amazing missions in the exploration of the Solar System. Audio Podcast version: ITunes: RSS: Video Podcast version: ITunes: RSS: What Fraser's Watching Playlist: Weekly email newsletter: Support us at: More stories at: Follow us on Twitter: @universetoday Like us on Facebook: Google+ - Instagram - Team: Fraser Cain - @fcain / [email protected] Karla Thompson - @karlaii / Chad Weber - [email protected] Chloe Cain - Instagram: @chloegwen2001 References:

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