The Ion Drive is one of several parts added in update 1.9.0.
Ion drives consume only electricity and do not require any fuel.
It uses 80 Power and is attached to a ship to serve as its means of propulsion. The similarly designed Ion Drive Linkable can allow simultaneous firings of multiple ion drives, which can be used to make up for their low individual thrust.
- Ion Drives have no gimbal, therefore they can not turn the spacecraft to which they are attached.
- However, by using additional ion drives, players can create asymmetrical thrust which will rotate the spacecraft.
- In Space Agency, ion drives consume no fuel, even though their real-life counterparts do use fuel to operate (albeit in much smaller quantities than conventional thrusters).
Read more on Ion Thrusters here.