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Can we and should we use plasma rockets to get to Mars?

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https://futurism.com/a-nasa-funded-project-wants-to-use-plasma-rockets-to-get-to-mars/

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Kravenhead
While I like the time factor, I'm kind of with Musk on this one.
The safety issue is a real concern.
A mishap at launch could be disastrous for the environment and people in the surrounding area.
In short, by the time they prove the safety of the rocket, we'll have already gotten to Mars by another means.
Although, that wouldn't mean we couldn't use plasma rockets down the road.

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253 day(s) ago
A plasma rocket would require a nuclear reactor to function.
If everything blew on the launch pad, or shortly after, it would be a big problem.
I think it would take years of testing to prove the safety of the rocket, and that's after the years it would take to design and build it.
I believe we'll already have other systems headed for Mars by that time.

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254 day(s) ago

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