Harvard University Introduction to Ion Drive Paper

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In some video games, spacecraft employ ion drives. Write a one page report discussing how an ion drive operates and whether it can efficiently propel a spacecraft. You will be marked on how well you explain scientific principles and the accuracy of your statements. Your report should be understandable by nonscientists. You must cite your references. They can be listed on a second page along with any diagrams. If you use internet sources, they should be reputable ones such as those associated with universities or government laboratories.

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How an Ion Drive Works
According to Leiter et al., an ion drive is a propulsion system that ionizes a propellant
with the help of an alternating electromagnetic field in the ionization chamber and then
accelerates the ionized propellant using an electrostatic field at the other end of the iron drive
(1). The ion drive achieves propulsion by obeying the third law on Newton’s motions, which
states that for any action implied, there is an opposite reaction of equal measures, which gives
the payload attached to the drive a forward thrust.
To understand how an ion drive works, one needs to look at the architecture behind a
fully operational ion drive as every detail counts to achieve successful propulsion. The ion
drive has a hollow, negatively charged tube, which acts as both the cathode and the inlet tube
for the propellant (NASA 1). The most suitable fue...

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