The Variable Specific Impulse Magnetoplasma Rocket (VASIMR®) technology represents the future of translunar and interplanetary transportation as well as propulsion within Earth orbit. Its superb efficiency compared to that of a conventional chemical rocket allows double the payload mass for lunar delivery and half the transit time to Mars. Its robust design allows much greater power levels than existing electric propulsion systems and promises longer lifetimes.
For more information on the market applications or the science and story behind VASIMR® technology, navigate to the Missions or Technology pages. The VX-200 and VF-200 pages contain information on the experimental and flight models currently being tested. The video below features the inventor of VASIMR® engine and current Chairman and CEO of Ad Astra Rocket Company, Dr. Franklin Chang-Díaz.