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Title: Maximizing the Scientific Return of Low Cost Planetary Missions Using Solar Electric Propulsion(abstract)
Authors: Russell, C.T.
Metzger, A.
Pieters, C.
Elphic, R.C.
McCord, T.
Head, J.
Abshire, J.
Philips, R.
Sykes, M.
A'Hearn, M.
Hickman, M.
Sercel, J.
Kluever, C.
Rosenthal, R.
Purdy, W.
Issue Date: 1994
Citation: not specified
Abstract: After many years of development, solar electric propulsion is now a practical low cost alternative for many planetary missions. In response to the recent Discovery AO, we and a number of colleagues have examined the scientific return from a missioon to map the Moon and then rendezvous with a small body. In planning this mission, we found that solar electric propulsion was quite affordable under the Discovery guidelines, that many targets could be reached more rapidly with solar electric propulsion than chemical propulsion, that a large number of planetary bodies were accessible with modest propulsion systems, and that such missions were quite adaptable, with generous launch windows which minimized mission risks. Moreover, solar electric propulsion is ideally suited for large payloads requiring a large amount of power.
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