Ad Astra Rocket Co., developers of the Vasimr commercial solar-electric propulsion (SEP) system, is proposing launching a Space Plasma Laboratory (SPL) to the International Space Station that would address fundamental questions of solar physics while flight-qualifying SEP technologies to advance human exploration and take on other deep-space roles. Ad Astra outlined its proposal for the 2015 launch of the Aurora external SPL test platform as part of the National Laboratory arm of the ISS ...

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