Electric Propulsion—Ion Thrusters for Spacecraft


It’s really interesting that there are no good numeric models for the Hall effect thruster.

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Field Reversed Configuration plasmoids are accelerated to 300km/s by Helion. That’s 10x ion thruster exhaust velocity. As the OP video points out, this means it requires 100x the energy.

But one should keep in mind that Helion developed this plasmoid tech for fusion energy.

It’s a reach, but one can imagine a dual Helion system where one generates the energy and the other consumes it in 300km/s plasmoid propulsion.

Here’s a NBF post about plasmoid propulsion:

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