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STELLA – A proposal for Europe’s contribution to a possible Interstellar Probe

Abstract

Stella is a proposed European contribution to NASA’s Interstellar Probe (ISP), a large-strategic mission candidate. ESA’s call for M-class mission proposals was the best and only currently available option for the European science community to contribute to the astronomically constrained ISP launch window in 2036 – 2037. Traveling with a speed of ~ 7.0 au/year ISP would reach 350 au during its nominal 50-year life-time. The proposed Stella contribution to ISP includes two core and two optional elements for the full complement: • Core: Provision of European scientific instruments; • Core: Provision of the European ISP communication system including the spacecraft’s 5-m high gain antenna; • Full complement: ESA deep space communication facility: an extension of ESA’s DSA with a new antenna array; • Full complement: Contribution to ISP operations to increase drastically the ISP and European payloads science return.
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insu-03912805 , version 1 (25-12-2022)

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Robert F. Wimmer-Schweingruber, Stanislav Barabash, Robert T. Wicks, Benoit Lavraud, Luciano Iess, et al.. STELLA – A proposal for Europe’s contribution to a possible Interstellar Probe. AGU Fall Meeting, Dec 2022, Chicago, United States. pp.SH22C-07. ⟨insu-03912805⟩
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