Paddy Neumann, a PhD student at the University of Sydney, has broken NASA’s current record for fuel efficiency. He’ll be presenting the research at the 15th Australian Space Research Conference late this month.
ASA’s High Power Electric Propulsion, or HiPEP system, holds the current record for fuel efficiency. It allows 9,600 (+/- 200) seconds of specific impulse. But, this record is reportedly broken by an Australian student who has made a new kind of ion space drive.