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RE: starship-design: Ion Propulsion
L. Clayton Parker writes:
> No it didn't fail - it worked spectacularly well. The problem was with the
> star tracker that is used to determine the spacecraft's location and
> orientation. The star tracker died and they had to find another way to
> The ion drive worked flawlessly.
> L. Parker
In fact, it's premature to be talking about Deep Space 1 in the past
tense. Its primary mission has ended, but it's still out there on its
way to an encounter with Comet Borrelly in September 2001.
NASA's Deep Space 1 web site has status reports and other information on
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> > I heard NASA's first ion probe failed (Deep Space 1, I
> > believe). Are they planning on making any more attempts?
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