NASA to investigate VASIMR propelled lunar tug concept

by | Jan 25, 2010 | Seradata News | 9 comments

NASA is to investigate a VASIMR propelled lunar tug concept according to a procurement synopsis it published last week. The video above can be found here along with other videos about the tug concept. The NASA synopsis says:

Studies will be conducted to evaluate a Lunar Tug concept utilizing Variable Specific Impulse Magneto-plasma Rocket (VASIMR) engine capabilities from Low Earth Orbit to Lunar Orbit and libration points.

The VASIMR was conceived by former NASA astronaut Franklin Chang Díaz and developed through his Ad Astra Rocket company. Chang Diaz’s company and Houston, Texas based-MEI Technologies released a press release last week qouting MEI’s chief executive Ed Muñiz saying:

“Ad Astra’s impressive technology coupled with our payload integration capabilities will ultimately result in innovative cargo and supply mechanisms, greater access to resources and broader support for robotic and human missions in space,” [emphasis added]

The text above, italicised by this blog, indicated something interesting was going on. Hyperbola is still waiting for a response to its request for an interview. New propulsion technologies have been mentioned by NASA administrator Charles Bolden as a focus for the space agency

About Seradata

Seradata produce the renowned SpaceTrak Launch & Satellite Database. Trusted by 100 of the world’s leading Space organisations, SpaceTrak is a fully queryable database used for market analysis, failure/risk assessment, spectrum analysis and space situational awareness (SSA).

For more information go to

Related Articles

VIDEO: Russia’s MAKS spaceplane has released this video and this article about Russia's MAKS aerospace system

VIDEO: Obama Kennedy Space Center visit media coverage

Watch president Barack Obama's speech in the video above. For more coverage of Obama's visit to Kennedy Space Center yesterday Read more

VIDEO: NBC report of First man’s opposition to Obama plan

One of many media channels to report it, watch NBC's bulletin above about the open letter sent to the White Read more

VIDEO: Boeing National Space Symposium exploration briefing

Watch former NASA astronaut and now Boeing space exploration general manager and vice president Brewster Shaw talk Ares I crew Read more

On another 50th anniversary…

According to the above video in 1976 Goddard Space Flight Center was a "kaleidoscope of extremes". Is that still so Read more

VIDEO: Virgin Galactic presentation

Virgin Galactic's commercial director Stephen Attenborough talks about the future of space tourism from an Irish science and engineering education Read more

VIDEO: New Russian lunar spaceship to fly manned in 2018

Russia Today has provided an English language version of this Russia 24 news channel report about the country's new Advanced Read more

VIDEO: Russia’s new manned spacecraft profiled on space day

This video from Russian news channel Russia 24 has CGI video of the country's proposed Advanced Crew Vehicle (ACV) that Read more

Cookies & Privacy

Click here to read about use of cookies on the website