Fusion-Enabled Pluto Explorer

Wednesday, Feb 22, 2017

NASA is funding an experimental concept for a fusion-powered rocket that could deliver exploratory missions to Pluto. In this video from NASA 360, Stephanie Thomas, vice president of Princeton Satellite Systems, discusses the company's work on a fusion-enabled Pluto orbiter and lander. The rocket technology was co-developed at the US Department of Energy's Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory, which is managed by Princeton University. The project is one of several funded by the NASA Innovative Advanced Concept (NIAC) program, a visionary and far-reaching aerospace program that has the potential to create breakthrough technologies for possible future space missions. For more information about NIAC, visit: http://www.nasa.gov/niac.

For more a deeper dive into this fusion-powered technology, watch Dr. Thomas's presentation at the 2016 NIAC symposium: http://bit.ly/2jEQLaP.