How to install an ion-engine to my rocket ???

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Well, to start with, you cannot fire an ion rocket in the presence of any atmosphere: it just won't work - so unless you have an experimental facility at the Space Station, the first requirement (before you can even test such an engine at all) is a vacuum pump that can suck your test chamber down to a radio-tube vacuum while swallowing the gas flow rate of the rocket exhaust. That turns out to require a really impressive pumping system...
Then there's the fact that (since the engine can only fire in a vacuum) you have to launch it from something that's already in orbit: so we still need rockets with chemical fuels to get up to orbit.
-dave w
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David Weinshenker
First of all... you will need to get your ion engine into space... It won't work in Earths atmosphere... only the vacumn of space.
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1. The vacuum of space 2. A mission tolerant of very low thrust for very long time 3. A massively governmentally controlled power source 4. Access to a launch vehicle with evil chemical propulsion to launch it.
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Jerry Irvine
Not *entirely* true, Jerry.
Ion engines will work fine with solar-cell power supplies... you just need a whole freakin' LOT of them to get the needed kilowatts. :-)
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Len Lekx
Not sure if that would count as a rocket though? More like a gun that fires a projectile equipped with a recovery device.
The effects on on-board electronics could be 'interesting' too :-)
Acceleration would have to be very high too, so it would have to be a very strong projectile. It would have to be magnetic also....
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Niall Oswald
Well, a rocket is a projectile, I was thinking along the lines of a ring launcher, and the ring would be the launch lug, but developping the power output needed would be difficult
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