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Solar Electric Propulsion (SEP)

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The Solar Electric Propulsion Project shall develop and qualify an advanced 12.5 kW EP thruster applicable to human/robotic exploration and commercial spaceflight missions including the Power and Propulsion Element (PPE).  The technology development objective of the SEP subproject, Plasma Diagnostics Package (PDP), is to develop, qualify, and deliver a flight PDP provided as GFE to PPE that can collect on-orbit PPE Ion Propulsion System (IPS) plasma data in the space environment.

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