thermal rocket

thermal rocket
a rocket that is powered by a thermal source, such as a nuclear-thermal rocket or a solar-thermal rocket or a rocket powered by an energy beam such as a laser or microwave beam

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  • Variable Specific Impulse Magnetoplasma Rocket — Artist s impression of several VASIMR engines propelling a craft through space The Variable Specific Impulse Magnetoplasma Rocket (VASIMR) is an electro magnetic thruster for spacecraft propulsion. It uses radio waves to ionize and heat a… …   Wikipedia

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