Spacecraft propulsion: Current Affairs, GK & News - 2020-2021

Air-Breathing Electric Thruster (ABET)

Published: April 24, 2018

The European Space Agency (ESA) is building Air-Breathing Electric Thruster (ABET) that can possibly extend the working life of satellites by years and even help with interplanetary travel using just the air around it as a propellant. This Air-Breathing Electric Thruster (ABET) does not operate in complete vacuum, but works in low Earth orbit (LEO) ..


Japan launches ‘Space Junk’ collector

Published: December 11, 2016

Japan has launched a cargo ship carrying a ‘space junk’ collector made with the help of a fishnet company to the International Space Station (ISS). The cargo ship will carry space junk collector and other materials like batteries and drinking water for the astronauts living on the International Space Station (ISS). A capsule named Kounotori ..


United States X-51A vehicle crashes in test flight

Published: August 23, 2012

X-51A built by U.S. which was designed to travel from London to New York (around 5570 km) in 45 minutes crashed into the Pacific Ocean in its test flight. The test was conducted off the coast of California at Mach 6 speed– (up to 7,300 kmph) which means six times the speed of sound. What is ..



China successfully tests LOX/kerosene engine

Published: August 11, 2012

China successfully tested its new 120-tonne-thrust Liquid OXygen (LOX) and kerosene engine for its new generation carrier rocket– the Long March-5. The engine: · High-performance · High-pressure staged combustion cycle engine · Non-toxic · Pollution-free · Highly reliable Powerful than the 75-tonne-thrust engine used in the launch of Shenzhou spacecraft, the institute said. China comes ..