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

Dawn Spacecraft

Solar System

Interaction Synthesis
Interaction Synthesis

Ion Propulsion

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