Return to the Kuiper Belt: Launch Opportunities from 2025 to 2040

  title={Return to the Kuiper Belt: Launch Opportunities from 2025 to 2040},
  author={Amanda M. Zangari and Tiffany J. Finley and S. Alan Stern and M. B. Tapley},
  journal={Journal of Spacecraft and Rockets},
Preliminary spacecraft trajectories for 45 Kuiper Belt Objects (KBOs) and Pluto suitable for launch between 2025 and 2040 are presented. These 46 objects comprise all objects with H magnitude < 4.0 or which have received a name from the International Astronomical Union as of May 2018. Using a custom Lambert solver, trajectories are modeled after the New Horizons mission to Pluto-Charon, which consisted of a fast launch with a Jupiter gravity assist. In addition to searching for Earth-Jupiter… Expand

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