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Pulsar Fusion, UK aerospace company, has successfully tested its large-scale plasma engine designed for propelling larger satellites.

The work was partly funded by the UK Space Agency (UKSA) and the engine, which is 10 times larger than conventional engines of its kind, was fired at the University of Southampton at the end of last month, Pulsar has announced.

The project has also involved international collaboration with the University of Michigan and its Plasma dynamics and Electric Propulsion Lab.

Funding came from the first phase of the UK Space Agency’s £20 million International Bilateral Fund, and was the second project awarded to Pulsar Fusion by the UKSA.

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