New Electric Propulsion Chamber Propels the Future of Space Travel

The chamber will test the newer, high-powered thrusters needed for future space exploration.

An electrically powered spacecraft propulsion system uses electrical energy to change the velocity of a spacecraft. Photo courtesy NASA.

Why Electric Propulsion?

Everyone is familiar with the sight of fire and smoke pouring out of the bottom of a rocket using chemical propulsion.

The installation team maneuvers the first section of the vacuum chamber into place.

A Testing Powerhouse

In order to make those long journeys, however, scientists need to be able to trust that the thrusters will perform consistently and reliably over the duration of the mission.

The final section of the chamber is carefully attached, completing the 30-ft long piece of equipment.

End-to-End Electric Propulsion Testing

As a federally-funded research and development center (FFRDC), Aerospace is not allowed to produce flight hardware that could compete with commercial companies.

The Future of Electric Propulsion

When operational, the expanded testing facility will allow the lab to double its workload, providing testing services to military and civil customers, as well as a growing field of commercial manufacturers.

We operate the only federally funded research and development center (FFRDC) committed exclusively to the space enterprise.