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TAU - A mission to a thousand astronomical unitsThe potential of nuclear electric propulsion (NEP) is investigated as the enabling technology for achieving a mission to a thousand astronomical units within 50 years duration. By means of a 1000 AU baseline, the primary objective is to make measurements of distances to the stars in the Galaxy and beyond. In addition, several deep space unique studies in astronomy, astrophysics, cosmology, and space plasma physics can be carried out. NEP technology requirements for a mission to 1000 AU are addressed. These technology requirements are compared with current plans for both nuclear space power and ion propulsion research. And finally an example TAU spacecraft system is described.
Document ID
19870052357
Document Type
Conference Paper
Authors
Nock, K. T. (California Institute of Technology Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Japan)
Date Acquired
August 13, 2013
Publication Date
May 1, 1987
Subject Category
ASTRONAUTICS (GENERAL)
Report/Patent Number
AIAA PAPER 87-1049
Distribution Limits
Public
Copyright
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