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Mission 36, named Ion Drive Test involves completing a test rocket near STA by docking a second Small Solar Panel and an Ion Drive to it, before accelerating the rocket so that its velocity is in the green section of the velocity gauge.


Award Cost Time Checkpoints
GoldTrophy-50.png Gold < $13,350,000 < 11m 40s No
SilverTrophy-50.png Silver < $20,000,000 < 16m 40s Yes
BronzeTrophy-50.png Bronze < $100,000,000 < 20m 0s Yes
  • Add 2nd Solar Panel.
  • Add the Ion Drive.
  • Get the velocity into green.
  • Budget: $100,000,000
  • Max time: 20m 0s


  • The solar panels have no way of being opened, as there is no power or batteries, so you should use the resupply module docked to STA to turn on the solar panels by docking it to the test rocket.
  • You could also transfer a battery from the rocket used to get the parts there to the station.

Mission briefing

The agency's scientists have delivered a new type of propulsion drive - the Ion Drive.

The Ion Drive is powered by electricity. It is much less powerful than a traditional chemical engine, but it can run for as long as it has electrical power available.

A prototype Ion Drive has been built and now requires testing in space. A test ship is under construction near to the Space Station (STA). Complete construction of the ship by adding a second solar panel and the Ion Drive itself. The solar panels will need to be powered up and opened.

Once the solar panels are operational, connect the Ion Drive to them, and fire the engine. The mission will be complete when you get the velocity gauge into the green.

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