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Electric Propulsion: A Key Enabling Technology for Planetary Exploration

Whitepaper #480 submitted to the Planetary Science and Astrobiology Decadal Survey 2023-2032. Topics: technology development

Published onMar 18, 2021
Electric Propulsion: A Key Enabling Technology for Planetary Exploration

Electric propulsion can allow the use of smaller launch vehicles, provide mass margins that make missions more robust, yield greater flexibility in launch dates, reduce the number of critical events, and can often reduce trip times by eliminating gravity assists, These benefits can enable missions that are otherwise impossible or unaffordable.


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