Dr. James Gilland presents Electric Propulsion: An Emerging New Paradigm for Space Propulsion. Come join us this month to learn how electric propulsion works! We’ll look at some of the ways that the same force that you experience when you rub a balloon and hold it to your hair can be used for propulsion. We’ll discuss how to make charged particles, how they move when you push on them, what these rockets look like, and how well they work. Along the way, the challenges involved will become evident, so we’ll also discuss how hard the next steps in the development of electric propulsion will likely be.
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