A Phase Four plasma thruster. Credit: Phase Four
Artist's concept of a single-state-to-orbit spacecraft, powered with beamed microwaves. Credit: Escape Dynamics
A Ball Aerospace engineer adjusts the thermal insulation on NASA's Green Propellant Infusion Mission spacecraft bus following integration of the propulsion system. Credit: Ball Aerospace
Artist's concept of NASA's Green Propellant Infusion Mission. Credit: NASA.
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MUOS-1 attached to Atlas 5
Skylon Reaction Engines
Orbital ATK Bacchus facility
John Culberson with Alpha Centauri
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BHT-1500 Hall effect thruster during life testing. Credit: Henry Neeser
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As Momentum Builds for U.S. Rocket Engine, White House Pushes Back

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The White House took issue with the 2015 defense spending bill drafted by a House panel, which sets aside $220 million for the engine.

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