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Enabling the Next Frontiers in Astrobiology — Ocean and Ice Worlds Explorations with a Radioisotope Power System Inside a Pressure Vessel

Whitepaper #316 submitted to the Planetary Science and Astrobiology Decadal Survey 2023-2032. Topics: ocean worlds; technology development

Published onMar 18, 2021
Enabling the Next Frontiers in Astrobiology — Ocean and Ice Worlds Explorations with a Radioisotope Power System Inside a Pressure Vessel

Deep subsurface-ice and sub-ice ocean explorations of Europa, Enceladus and other Ocean Worlds in the 2033–42 decade will require suitable and enabling power technologies. We discuss design and operational considerations for a Radioisotope Power System inside a Pressure Vessel, for which development needs to start now to be ready on time.


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