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Title: Preliminary Design of an Advanced Mission to Pluto
Primary Author: Andreas Rathke
Secondary Author(s): Torsten Bondo, Roger Walker, Andrew Willig, Dario Izzo, Mark Ayre
Institution: ESA/ESTEC Advanced Concepts Team, Keplerlaan 1 2200 AZ, Nordwijk ZH, The Netherlands
Summary: A technology assessment and feasibility study is being performed within the ESA Advanced Concepts Team on sending a small-to-medium (700-900 kg) Nuclear Electric Propulsion spacecraft into orbit around Pluto with a mission launch in 2016 using existing or emerging space technology.
Panel Selection: Primitive Bodies: Asteroids, comets, Phobos, Deimos, Pluto/Charon and other Kuiper belt objects, meteorites, and interplanetary dust.
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