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Whitepaper #307 submitted to the Planetary Science and Astrobiology Decadal Survey 2023-2032. Topics: giant planets systems; primitive bodies; technology development
The authors explore a solar electric propulsion (SEP)concept to send missions to Neptune and beyond. The plan uses an Oberth manoeuvre close to the Sun. With SEP, the effect of the Oberth manoeuvre is boosted by the higher level of solar energy to produce high thrust. This trajectory provides enough kinetic energy to reach the outer system.