Whitepaper #257 in the Decadal Survey for Solar and Space Physics (Heliophysics) 2024-2033. Main topics: infrastructure/workforce/other programmatic. Additional topics: space-based missions/projects; research tools and infrastructure.
This document describes the need for new investments in enabling technologies in preparation for long duration missions exploring distant environments. It describes some of the main technological obstacles in designing exploration missions that can consistently produce science results even at extremely far distances from Earth. It recommends solutions to overcome those obstacles.