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Whitepaper #400 submitted to the Planetary Science and Astrobiology Decadal Survey 2023-2032. Topics: giant planets systems; technology development
Use of aerocapture at Ice Giants can significantly reduce the trip time and allow for greater scientific payload. One key technology required is TPS. We show there are many capable TPS and conformal TPS is mass efficient. We advocate for technology maturation from TRL 4+ to TRL 6 to benefit Ice Giant missions.