Solar Electric Propulsion (SEP) systems achieve very high exhaust speeds and drastically reduce the fuel requirements for in-space transportation. VASIMR® technology is a potential candidate for SEP missions at high power. The electrode-less design of the VASIMR® engine enables a long lifetime and competitive performance compared to existing SEP technologies. 

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The SEP-VASIMR® system is capable of, but not limited to, the following functions:

Nuclear Electric Propulsion (NEP) systems which are needed for a faster transportation to greater distances, such as: Human Mission to Mars, can provide much higher thrust than SEP technology