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Launch/Trajectory

proposed trajectory

Because the proposed Jupiter Icy Moons Orbiter requires the development and testing of many new technologies, the mission would not launch until 2011 or later.

As the mission is currently proposed, a heavy lift launch vehicle would lift the spacecraft into high Earth orbit. The ion-propulsion thrusters would spiral the spacecraft away from Earth and then on its trip to Jupiter.

After entering orbit around Jupiter, the spacecraft would orbit Callisto, then Ganymede, and finally Europa. The intensity of the radiation belts at Europa limits how long a spacecraft's electronics are able to operate in orbit around Europa, even with advances in radiation-resistant electronics that would be used on this mission.

 
MISSION

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Project Prometheus

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