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Affordability of Outer-Planet Exploration A Pragmatic Rationale for Implementing a Cold-Propulsion Based Energy-Efficient Spacecraft Infrastructure

Whitepaper #308 submitted to the Planetary Science and Astrobiology Decadal Survey 2023-2032. Topics: giant planets systems; ocean worlds; technology development

Published onMar 18, 2021
Affordability of Outer-Planet Exploration A Pragmatic Rationale for Implementing a Cold-Propulsion Based Energy-Efficient Spacecraft Infrastructure

Cold-propulsion technology, in coordinated developments across NASA centers, can reduce the power needs of future Planetary Science spacecraft by approximately 1/3. This technology, with the appropriate investments by NASA, is on a path towards infusion into various NASA planetary science missions that can launch well within the 2020’s decade.


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