Transforming Space Travel

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Ad Astra Rocket Company (AARC) is a leading spaceflight technology company dedicated to the development of advanced plasma rocket propulsion. The company is developing the Variable Specific Impulse Magnetoplasma Rocket (VASIMR®) engine. The VASIMR® engine’s versatility, efficiency, and power, will help revolutionize the space economy with easy and affordable in-space transportation.

Through its Costa Rica subsidiary, Ad Astra is also developing integrated “turn-key” clean energy solutions based on green-hydrogen energy storage. To learn more please visit the Ad Astra Costa Rica website…

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Crossing the Space Frontier

Since the 1970s, starting at MIT and then for 25 years at NASA, astronaut Franklin Chang Díaz and his team of scientists have worked to develop a faster propulsion technology for space travel. The result is the VASIMR® engine, a plasma rocket with 10 times the performance of a chemical rocket, using 1/10th of the fuel. Watch Crossing the Space Frontier to learn more about this revolutionary engine.

100 KW firing VX-200SS

VX-200SS™ VASIMR® prototype firing at a power level of 100 kW with ARGON as propellant. These tests are conducted in Ad Astra’s 150 m3 Texas vacuum chamber as part of the NASA NextSTEP VASIMR® partnership, bringing the engine to a technology readiness level (TRL) of 5, a level just prior to space flight readiness. Temperatures of the plasma exhaust can reach up to 4 million degrees Celsius, a temperature comparable to the interior of the sun.

Changing the Paradigm of in-space Transportation

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