The Incognito – Protecting Our Last Frontier

Posted by: on May 25, 2021
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Military Capabilities

Due to the ion thrusters and the nuclear power, Incognito is capable of hauling satellites twice its size for a longer than average period of time as well as distance. Being an effective tool to disable and temporarily immobilize enemy communications due to destroying or hauling a satellite out of their scheduled/expected trajectory.


A state-of-the-art spacecraft with revolutionary fuel efficiency, using Ion thrusters which would decrease the amount and need to refuel often while increasing the distance and weight the Incognito can haul.


History of Ion Propulsion

Ion engines of various types have been used on space missions since at least 1964 when NASA flew the suborbital Space Electric Rocket Test I mission. Many classes of space missions can benefit through using fuel-efficient ion engines during some phase of their mission. For example, several communication satellites have been raised in their final geosynchronous orbit using ion thrusters. The European Space Agency’s SMART-1 lunar mission was placed in geosynchronous orbit by conventional means, and then made the transfer into lunar orbit using an ion engine. The phrase “engage the ion drive” still has the ring of a line from Star Wars, but these engines have been used in space missions for more than four decades and remain the subject of ongoing research. Ion engines have incredible fuel efficiency, but their low thrust requires very long operating times … and therein lies the rub. To date, erosion within such an engine seriously limits its operational lifetime. Now a group of researchers at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) has developed a new design that largely eliminates this erosion, opening the gates for higher thrust and more efficient drives for manned and unmanned missions to the reaches of the Solar System.