Solar electric propulsion
Solar electric propulsion typically refers to the combination of solar cells and ion drive for propelling a spacecraft through outer space. This technology has been studied by NASA and is considered promising.
The main concept is a nexus of Solar panels on spacecraft and ion thruster. However, there are a number of other types of electrically powered spacecraft propulsion such as the Arcjet. It may not employ an ion drive, of which there are a variety of types also.
Other types of spacecraft propulsion
- Mohon, Lee. "Solar Electric Propulsion (SEP)". NASA. Retrieved 2016-04-24.