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Enabling and Enhancing Science Exploration Across the Solar System: Aerocapture Technology for SmallSat to Flagship Missions

Whitepaper #057 submitted to the Planetary Science and Astrobiology Decadal Survey 2023-2032. Topics: other planetary bodies: Solar System Exploration; state of the profession; technology development

Published onMar 18, 2021
Enabling and Enhancing Science Exploration Across the Solar System: Aerocapture Technology for SmallSat to Flagship Missions

Aerocapture technology provides a far-reaching capability for missions at destinations across the solar system, from SmallSat to Flagship class. It will enable a new class of SmallSat orbiters, allow high priority missions to carry more science payload to their destination, and open a new rapid transportation pathway to the outer solar system.


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