Thursday 1 December 2022

Franklin Chang’s plasma engine could be in space in 2025

Franklin Chang's plasma engine has already passed all tests on land

Paying the bills


It’s December, the ‘Aguinaldo’ month!

QCOSTARICA - A thirteenth salary, or end-of-year bonus, in...

Government announced a reduction in the 2023 Marchamo after an update in the methodology

RICO's DIGEST (OPINION)  The government of Rodrigo Chaves announced...

Thomas Müller disses Costa Rica: “8-0 is possible”

QCOSTARICA - Bayern Munich legend Thomas Müller is confident...

Getting your driver’s license made easier

QCOSTARICA - Getting your driver's license in a single...

Database published with more than 1.4 million Costa Rican WhatsApp numbers

QCOSTARICA - ESET, a leading proactive threat detection company,...

Pandemic Aggravated Violence against Women in Latin America

Q REPORTS (IPS) - Violence against women has failed...

Dollar Exchange

¢596.50 Buy

¢604.70 Sell

1 December 2022 - At The Banks - BCCR

Paying the bills


QCOSTARICA – The plasma engine developed by Costa Rican astronaut Franklin Chang could reach space through a test by the year 2025.

Archive photo

A series of tests on land have been completed to propose that the plasma technology be ready to be launched on that date, said Chang in an interview with Noticias Repretel.

“We are planning a launch of the plasma engine, an approval in space for 2025, that is the goal we have at this time,” said Chang.

- Advertisement -

The tests were very successful and allowed him to keep the engine running for 88 continuous hours at high power, according to the Costa Rican scientist.

“That is something that has never been achieved and there is no engine capable of doing that,” added Chang.

The plasma engine will propel cargo in space from one point to another, so its role will be to carry cargo from the International Space Station or another site within orbit.

“The fuel consumption in the plasma engine is a tenth of the fuel consumption in a conventional engine, we use less fuel, it is the great advantage, it is extremely economical”, added Chang.

This possible test in 2025 would put a new advance after decades of development waiting for this new space technology.

Franklin Ramón Chang-Díaz (born April 5, 1950) is a Costa Rican-born American mechanical engineer, physicist and former NASA astronaut. He is the sole founder and CEO of Ad Astra Rocket Company.

- Advertisement -

Franklin is a veteran of seven Space Shuttle missions, tying the record, as of 2021 for the most spaceflights. He was the third Latin American, but the first Latin American immigrant NASA Astronaut selected to go into space and a member of the NASA Astronaut Hall of Fame.


- Advertisement -
Paying the bills
Avatar photo
"Rico" is the crazy mind behind the Q media websites, a series of online magazines where everything is Q! In these times of new normal, stay at home. Stay safe. Stay healthy.

Related Articles

Costa Rican women in high-level positions to influnce the world

QCOSTARICA - Two Costa Rican women today are holding high-level positions...

Space, the final frontier: Millionaires and celebrities, for now the only space tourists

Q REPORTS - Space tourism is for now something exotic. This...

Subscribe to our stories

To be updated with all the latest news, offers and special announcements.