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In this TED Education animated video short, we are presented with the ion drive and a future of smaller spacecraft – making for a cheaper and more efficient way of exploring space.


When you picture a rocket, you might imagine a giant ship carrying lots of fuel, people and supplies. But what if the next wave of spacecraft were small enough to fit into our pockets? Dhonam Pemba details the future of micro-spacecraft, and how scientists at NASA are hoping to use micro-propulsion to launch these tiny vessels outside of Earth’s orbit.