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Heliopause Electrostatic Rapid Transit System (HERTS) (Phase II)

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Our proposal builds upon our teams technical findings in Phase 1 - that an E-Sail propelled spacecraft can travel 100 AU in less than 10 years or to the Heliopause (120 - 150 AU) in < 15 years. In addition to the Heliopause missions, our team member - Dr. Pekka Janhunen of the Finish Meteorological Institute (FMI) - has examined a number of missions of scientific discovery where the E-Sail propulsion system will provide rapid transits so various researchers could begin to get data back from outer planetary missions within 1 to 2 years of launch. More »

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