Overview

Welcome to the Structure and Properties of Matter: Ion Propulsion module. This standards aligned module is intended to engage students and the interested public in the propulsion technology that is necessary for Dawn to complete its mission. As students interact with this module, they will gain an understanding of :

  • Charges and relative charge
  • Momentum and frames of reference
  • Ionization and plasma
  • How an ion propulsion system works
  • Experiment with designing an ion engine to determine optimal conditions using an interactive simulation


Tie Fighter and Dawn
Briefing

Dawn Spacecraft
Exploration

Solar System
Development

Interaction Synthesis
Interaction Synthesis

Ion Propulsion
Assessment


Developed by educators associated with Dawn Education and Communications and McREL International.