Metal Fueled Ion Drive (Neumann Drive)

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The current record, held by NASA’s HiPEP system, allows 9600 (+/- 200) seconds of specific impulse. However, results recorded by the Neumann Drive have been as high as 14,690 (+/- 2000), with even conservative results performing well above NASA’s best. That means this drive is using fuel far more efficiently, allowing for it to operate for longer. Furthermore NASA’s HiPEP runs on Xenon gas, while the Neumann Drive can be powered on a number of different metals, the most efficient tested so far being magnesium.

http://honisoit.com/2015/09/univers...l-efficiency-mars-and-back-on-a-tank-of-fuel/

Pretty cool if it works out. Magnesium is pretty common too.
 

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Next obvious step is to make Von Neumann machines powered by Neumann drives.
 

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I wonder what it's like when the rocket is shooting exhaust on you.
 

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I wonder what it's like when the rocket is shooting exhaust on you.

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