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Section of Artemis' Ion propulsion diagram
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- Title Section of Artemis' Ion propulsion diagram
- Released 15/02/2002 11:57 am
- Copyright ESA
Ion propulsion is a new technology and uses electrical power and xenon - a gas that occurs naturally. The basic process involves separating the electrons in the xenon atoms to create positively charged ions, which are discharged from the thruster at a speed of 40km/s.