British Firm Developing Ion Engines for Space Missions

BBC News has an interesting story about Qinetiq, a British company that is developed advanced ion engines for use in future space missions.

Ion engines have great promise for future space missions, but their development is still in its infancy. Qinetig’s T5 ion engine will fly for the first time on ESA’s Goce spacecraft, which will map variations in the Earth’s gravity field.