One source outlining the early history of ion-drive concepts is George R. Brewer's Ion Propulsion (Gordon & Breach, New York, 1970). A more up-to-date treatment of electric propulsion and plasma rocket fundamentals can be found in Martin J.L. Turner's Rocket and Spacecraft Propulsion, 2nd edn (Springer-Praxis, Chichester, UK, 2005). Early operational missions using this technology are discussed by Giancarlo Genta and Michael Rycroft in Space: The Final Frontier (Cambridge University Press, New York, 2003).
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