State of Play on In-Space Novel Propulsion Technologies

Commercial Technologies and New Programs – Summer 2021
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Change is coming to in-space propulsion. This edition of state of play looks at what’s happening with emerging technologies for nuclear, electric, and solar propulsion.

The marketplace has arrived at a point where multiple companies have advanced technology for nuclear, electric, chemical, and solar propulsion that could dramatically improve Earth-centric space operations and interplanetary exploration in the years and decades to come. In this white paper, we survey technologies and the market’s “state of play” for insight into near and medium-term developments.