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...
Graham Warwick

Graham leads Aviation Week's coverage of technology, focusing on engineering and technology across the aerospace industry, with a special focus on identifying technologies of strategic importance to aviation, aerospace and defense.

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