Plasma engines are widely sold throughout the southern and core regions of human space. When compared to
ion engines, they are more efficient in terms of thrust per ton, but as a result they also produce more heat and drain a bit more energy.
For players unable or unwilling to purchase atomic engines, plasma engines are generally better if you're looking to play a combat style early on, while ion engines are better for more passive early playstyles like trading.
Chipmunk Plasma Thruster
"This is the smallest of the plasma propulsion systems produced by Delta V Corporation, suitable for very light fighters and interceptors."
Chipmunk Plasma Steering
"This is the smallest plasma steering system that Delta V produces. The packaging features a cartoon of what appears to be a very highly caffeinated rodent."
Greyhound Plasma Thruster
"This thruster is intended for small ships and for freighters. It comes in a crate decorated with a stylized cartoon of a running greyhound."
Greyhound Plasma Steering
"The Greyhound class plasma propulsion systems are Delta V's most popular product, suitable for a wide range of small starships."
Impala Plasma Thruster
"Impala class thrusters produce a significant amount of force, and are suitable for smaller capital ships. But, your ship may need extra cooling systems in order to handle them."
Impala Plasma Steering
"Impala class plasma steering systems are suitable for most freighters and all but the largest warships, and are also considerably more compact than the ion propulsion systems produced by the Syndicate."
Orca Plasma Thruster
"This engine draws enough power that a ship with anything short of a full-fledged nuclear reactor is unlikely to be able to use it, but the thrust it generates is impressive."
Orca Plasma Steering
"An Orca class steering system will allow any mid-sized ship to turn as quickly as a fighter, and is powerful enough to serve even the largest of warships."
Tyrant Plasma Thruster
"The enormous crate that this thruster is sold in comes decorated with a picture of a grinning Tyrannosaurus Rex with an improbable number of teeth. Only a handful of ships are large enough to require an engine of this size... or to have the capacity for one."
Tyrant Plasma Steering
"As with the corresponding thruster, the Tyrant class steering system is so large and powerful that very few ships can make use of it."