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Reducing Planetary Mission Cost by a Modified Launch Mode

Abstract: Major cost reductions in planetary missions, especially those with high launch energy requirements, are made possible by a modified launch mode in which part of the total launch energy is generated by onboard propulsion rather than by the launch vehicle....

A Low-Cost Modified Launch Mode for High-C3 Interplanetary Missions

Abstract: A novel method of spacecraft injection to interplanetary trajectories is described that can increase the net spacecraft mass by 50 to 100 percent or more in high-C3 missions. This launch mode employs an unconventional staging sequence, separating the...