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[Missions to the Cis-Lunar Environment, the Martian Moons and the Asteroids: This chapter explores roundtrip missions to the cis-lunar environment, the Martian moons Deimos and Phobos, and near Earth asteroids.]
[Although Mars is the most frequently cited destination for manned missions, Ceres, with its shallow gravity well and enormous water resources, may be even a more interesting site, and one that becomes reachable via electric propulsion. This chapter describes a roundtrip mission to the Ceresian...
[Spacecoaches capable of reaching Mars and Ceres will also be capable of reaching Venus, and, if they can be adapted to deal with high insolation, Mercury. This chapter explores the delta-v requirements and approximate costs to reach these destinations.]
[Spacecoaches will form the basis for a real world star fleet that is capable of reaching destinations throughout the inner Solar System to the Asteroid Belt. This chapter explores the key technological drivers that will further expand their range and improve their economics.]
[This chapter outlines the key research priorities in the development and construction of spacecoaches as well as uncrewed drones or testbeds. Much of this work can be done rapidly and inexpensively via ground-based test facilities, followed by inflight testing of downscaled craft that can be...
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