Helios and Prometheus - A Solar-Nuclear Outer-Solar System Mission

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G. Matloff; L. Johnson; C. Maccone (2007), JBIS, 60, 439-442

Refcode: 2007.60.439
Keywords: Heliopause, solar sail, Kuiper Belt objects, radioisotope electric propulsion

A 2-3 decade mission is proposed with a solar-sail spacecraft approaching the Sun within 0.2 AU. After sail unfurlment at the perihelion of an initially elliptical solar orbit and the completion of acceleration, the spacecraft splits into two components. One part is a scientific payload bound for the heliopause; the second is designed to rendezvous with a Kuiper Belt Object and decelerates across the solar system using Radioisotope-Electric Propulsion


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