Pluto Orbiter/lander/sample return missions using the MITEE nuclear engine

@article{Powell2003PlutoOR,
  title={Pluto Orbiter/lander/sample return missions using the MITEE nuclear engine},
  author={J. Powell and G. Maise and J. Paniagua},
  journal={2003 IEEE Aerospace Conference Proceedings (Cat. No.03TH8652)},
  year={2003},
  volume={1},
  pages={1-489 vol.1}
}
  • J. Powell, G. Maise, J. Paniagua
  • Published 2003
  • Environmental Science
  • 2003 IEEE Aerospace Conference Proceedings (Cat. No.03TH8652)
  • Pluto Orbiter/lander and sample return missions are not impossible using chemical propulsion, but are possible with nuclear thermal propulsion. Using the MITEE nuclear engine, a spacecraft could first orbit Pluto, mapping it, and then land at a selected site, 12 years after the departure form Earth. If surface water/ice is available, fresh H/sub 2/ propellant could be manufactured by electrolysis of melt H/sub 2/O using power from the bi-modal nuclear engine, enabling multiple hops to new sites… CONTINUE READING
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