Electrostatic Rocket Engine

The following article is from The Great Soviet Encyclopedia (1979). It might be outdated or ideologically biased.

Electrostatic Rocket Engine

 

a rocket engine in which the working fluid—usually alkali metals such as cesium or rubidium or elements such as mercury or argon—is ionized, and the ions are accelerated in a strong electrostatic field to velocities of tens or hundreds of km/sec. (See also.)

The Great Soviet Encyclopedia, 3rd Edition (1970-1979). © 2010 The Gale Group, Inc. All rights reserved.
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