Solar Electric Engine

   Ionized atoms, such as cesium atoms, are accelerated to high velocity in an electrostatic field, and allowed to escape from the rear of the engine. This type of engine can reach high velocity. In 1998 a satellite using an Ion Engine was launched. It used xenon gas instead of cesium atoms. Also called an Ion Engine.

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