Radioisotope electric propulsion of sciencecraft to the outer solar system and near-interstellar space

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Recent results are presented in the study of radioisotope electric propulsion as a near-term technology for sending small robotic sciencecraft to the outer Solar System and near-interstellar space. Radioisotope electric propulsion (REP) systems are low-thrust, ion propulsion units based on radioisotope electric generators and ion thrusters. Powerplant specific masses are expected to be in the range of 100 to 200 kg/kW of thrust power. Planetary rendezvous missions to Pluto, fast missions to the heliopause (100 AU) with the capability to decelerate an orbiter for an extended science program and prestellar missions to the first gravitational lens focus of the Sun ... continued below

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Noble, R.J. August 1, 1998.

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Recent results are presented in the study of radioisotope electric propulsion as a near-term technology for sending small robotic sciencecraft to the outer Solar System and near-interstellar space. Radioisotope electric propulsion (REP) systems are low-thrust, ion propulsion units based on radioisotope electric generators and ion thrusters. Powerplant specific masses are expected to be in the range of 100 to 200 kg/kW of thrust power. Planetary rendezvous missions to Pluto, fast missions to the heliopause (100 AU) with the capability to decelerate an orbiter for an extended science program and prestellar missions to the first gravitational lens focus of the Sun (550 AU) are investigated.

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  • 2. IAA symposium on realistic near-term advanced scientific space missions, Aosta (Italy), 29 Jun - 1 Jul 1998

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  • Other: DE98058384
  • Report No.: FNAL/C--98/231
  • Report No.: CONF-980697--
  • Grant Number: AC02-76CH03000
  • Office of Scientific & Technical Information Report Number: 658920
  • Archival Resource Key: ark:/67531/metadc708107

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Noble, R.J. Radioisotope electric propulsion of sciencecraft to the outer solar system and near-interstellar space, article, August 1, 1998; Batavia, Illinois. (digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc708107/: accessed January 21, 2018), University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library, digital.library.unt.edu; crediting UNT Libraries Government Documents Department.