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Electric
The many versions of electric engines use electric or magnetic fields to accelerate ionized elements to high velocity, creating thrust. The power source can be a nuclear reactor, thermal-electric generator, or solar panels. Electric engines can operate only in space, and provide very high specific impulse, but at very low thrust:weight ratios. Therefore electric spacecraft can reach very high velocities, but at long travel times.



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Russian Mars Propulsion - Nuclear Electric Soviet Mars Propulsion - Nuclear Electric

Engines: Program 661, Sert-I Cesium, Sert-I Mercury, Snapshot engine, ATS 5 cm, SEPST, SIT- 5, SEPS, ATS 8 cm, P78-2, XIPS-25 1.3 kW, Hall Electric Thruster, XIPS-25 4.2 kW, NASA-457M, HIVHAC, NASA-400M, BPT-600k, 11B97, Aerojet 50kW, BPT-2000, BPT-4000, D-20, D50, D-100-II, End Hall Thruster, ESEX Arcjet, IAPS, LGIT, MAI Hall thruster, MPD, NASA-173GT, NEXT, NSTAR, P5 Hall thruster, PEPL-70, PRS-101, Sert II, T-220, TAL-100, TM-50, TAL-38, TAL-WSF, T-140, XIPS-13 0.44 kW. Stages: Ion.

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