[amsat-bb] spaceflight(launch) question
Auke de Jong, VE6PWN
sparkycivic at shaw.ca
Fri Oct 31 20:11:04 PDT 2008
I was wondering... An question just occured to me that I couldn't answer: If a small satellite were hand-launched from the space station, and it contained an ion-drive motor powered by electricity, would it ever be able to accelerate in order to gain a higher orbit, or would that require an impracically large power supply/engine? In other words, could that method be used to achieve higher orbits with communication/ham class satellites without having to use the typical large rocket we've been using all this time? Also, would there be a cost-advantage to this method?
Auke de Jong
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