A meaningful outer-planet exploration program can be conducted within expected economic constraints. The spacecraft needed can be developed in an evolutionary manner from the existing Pioneer and Mariner families. Advanced propulsion capability may reduce the costs associated with constrained weight margins and long trip times.
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Herman, D., Moore, J. & Tarver, P. Mission building blocks for outer solar system exploration. Space Sci Rev 14, 363–382 (1973). https://doi.org/10.1007/BF00214748
- Building Block
- Solar System
- System Exploration
- Economic Constraint
- Evolutionary Manner