Adastra and its Plasma Engine Receive Recognition

The plasma engine project by Costa Rican Franklin Chang was recognized as one of the top 10 new aerospace technologies.

Wednesday, June 3, 2009

The distinction was awarded by the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA), considered the most important professional society in the field.

The project by Costa Rican astronaut Franklin Chang, denominated Variable Specific Impulse Magnetoplasma Rocket (Vasmir), is being developed through the Ad Astra Rocket Company, which has locations in Houston, Texas and in Liberia, Costa Rica.

According to the article published in La Prensa Libre of Costa Rica, "we are preparing everything this week to do the most important tests on the VX-200 engine, gradually to its top capacity. This is the last milestone before preparing the engine for outer space."



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Costa Rica: Looking for Investors in Plasma Engine

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The aerospace company Ad Astra needs $10 million which intends to raise outside of Costa Rica, in order to achieve the goals it has set for 2014.

For testing the prototype plasma engine developed by the company and meeting the technological milestones set for 2014, the aerospace company needs to raise about $10 million.

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