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Aerojet Gets $18M To Advance Electric-propulsion Work

NEXT Project
NASA's Evolutionary Xenon Thruster (NEXT) Project has developed a 7-kilowatt ion thruster that can provide the capabilities needed in the future. Credit: NASA

Aerojet Rocketdyne has received a NASA contract to continue work on an electric-propulsion system. The $18 million award from NASA’s Glenn Research Center covers development of the NASA Evolutionary Xenon Thruster-Commercial (NEXT-C) electric-propulsion system. The contract covers work to complete development of NEXT-C and deliver two complete flight systems to NASA.

Jeff Foust writes about space policy, commercial space, and related topics for SpaceNews. He earned a Ph.D. in planetary sciences from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and a bachelor’s degree with honors in geophysics and planetary science...