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April 23-29, 2018 / Vol 37, No 17 / Hawai`i Island, USA

20 Apr 2018, 20:09 UTC
April 23-29, 2018 / Vol 37, No 17 / Hawai`i Island, USA
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Solar System Complete: Planning for Planetary Exploration Towards 2061

Technologies and Infrastructures Workshop for Planetary Exploration, Horizon 2061 is being held April 23-25 at SwissTech Convention Center in Lausanne, Switzerland. Corresponding to the return of Comet Halley in the inner Solar System and the centennial anniversary of Yuri Gagarin 1st human space flight in 2061, the workshop will focus on key science questions about small bodies, planets and planetary systems which will drive technologies and paths of exploration into the outer Solar System and Beyond. Topics included in 8 sessions cover Advanced Space Mobility (propulsion, elevator, spaceports), Intelligent Spacecraft, Advanced Communication, Space Manufacturing, Future Observatories for Solar Systems and Exoplanets, Sample Returns and Mining. Michel Blanc will speak on ‘Planetary vision, a European view’; Enrico Flamini on ‘ASI Vision of Planetary Exploration and technological challenges’; Joseph Lazio on ‘Communication and radio science’; Stephen Mackwell on ‘Lessons learned from Planetary Science Vision 2050’; and Bernard Foing on ‘Towards Sustainable Moon / Mars Villages: Infrastructures and Enabling Technologies’. Projected optimistic Interstellar ‘Starship Century’ dates place human exploration of the Solar System at Saturn in 2060s, heading to Uranus in 2070s. NASA is currently exploring Jupiter with Juno and the Kuiper Belt ...

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