Power-beamed Thruster Test Boosts SSTO Hopes

Credit: Escape Dynamics
Tests of a combustion-free thruster have boosted a startup’s hopes of using microwave beaming from the ground to power a small single-stage-to-orbit (SSTO) reusable launch vehicle—something that has yet to prove possible with chemical rocket propulsion. In laboratory tests, says Escape Dynamics, the...

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