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Hopper Missions to Triton and Pluto using a Vehicle with In-Situ Refueling

Whitepaper #318 submitted to the Planetary Science and Astrobiology Decadal Survey 2023-2032. Topics: giant planets systems; ocean worlds; other planetary bodies: Triton

Published onMar 18, 2021
Hopper Missions to Triton and Pluto using a Vehicle with In-Situ Refueling

Global surface mobility is the key to comprehensive exploration of the diverse surfaces of worlds such as Triton. We propose to do this with a rocket-powered “hopper” vehicle. The same concept of using in-situ ices to refuel a radioisotope engine for global mobility would be applicable to other airless bodies in the solar system.


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