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The Earth has limited resources while the resources in space are virtually unlimited. Further development of humanity will require going beyond our planet and exploring of extraterrestrial bodies and their resources.

This book investigates Outer Solar Systems and their prospective energy and material resources. It presents past missions and future technologies and solutions to old problems that could become reality in our life time. The book therefore is a great resource of condensed information for specialists interested in current and impending Outer Solar Systems related activities and a good starting point for space researchers, inventors, technologists and potential investors.

Table of Contents

Frontmatter

Properties of Planetary Regolith

Frontmatter

2018 | OriginalPaper | Chapter

Chapter 1. A Survey of Pluto’s Surface Composition

Catherine Olkin, Will Grundy

2018 | OriginalPaper | Chapter

Chapter 2. Physical Properties of Icy Materials

Craig Pitcher, Yang Gao

Resource, Mining, and Subsurface Access

Frontmatter

2018 | OriginalPaper | Chapter

Chapter 3. Atmospheric Mining in the Outer Solar System: Resource Capturing, Storage, and Utilization

Bryan Palaszewski

2018 | OriginalPaper | Chapter

Chapter 4. Project VALKYRIE: Laser-Powered Cryobots and Other Methods for Penetrating Deep Ice on Ocean Worlds

William Stone, Bart Hogan, Vickie Siegel, John Harman, Chris Flesher, Evan Clark, Omkar Pradhan, Albin Gasiewski, Steve Howe, Troy Howe

2018 | OriginalPaper | Chapter

Chapter 5. Europa Drum Sampler (EDuS)

Kris Zacny

2018 | OriginalPaper | Chapter

Chapter 6. Drilling Mechanisms Using Piezoelectric Actuators Developed at Jet Propulsion Laboratory

Yoseph Bar-Cohen, Stewart Sherrit, Mircea Badescu, Hyeong Jae Lee, Xiaoqi Bao, Zensheu Chang

2018 | OriginalPaper | Chapter

Chapter 7. Ultrasonically-Assisted Penetration of Granular and Cemented Materials

David Firstbrook, Patrick Harkness, Xuan Li, Ryan Timoney, Kevin Worrall

Missions and Missison Concepts

Frontmatter

2018 | OriginalPaper | Chapter

Chapter 8. Flight in the Outer Solar System and Interstellar Travel

Alexander Bolonkin

2018 | OriginalPaper | Chapter

Chapter 9. Triton Hopper: Exploring Neptune’s Captured Kuiper Belt Object

Steven R. Oleson, Geoffrey Landis

2018 | OriginalPaper | Chapter

Chapter 10. Sub-ice Autonomous Underwater Vehicle Architectures for Ocean World Exploration and Life Search

William Stone, Kristof Richmond, Chris Flesher, Bart Hogan, Vickie Siegel

2018 | OriginalPaper | Chapter

Chapter 11. Titan Submarine

Steven R. Oleson, Jason Hartwig, Jeffrey Woytach, Michael Martini, Anthony Colozza, Robert Jones, Thomas Packard, Paul Schmitz, Amy Stalker, Ralph D. Lorenz, Michael V. Paul, Justin Walsh

2018 | OriginalPaper | Chapter

Chapter 12. WindBots: A Concept for Persistent In Situ Science Explorers for Gas Giants

Adrian Stoica, Virgil Adumitroaie, Marco Quadrelli, Georgios Matheou, Marcin Witek, Marco Cipolato, Marco Dolci, James Roggeveen, Kyle Petersen, Kristina Andreyeva, Hunter Hall, Benjamin Donitz, Leon Kim

2018 | OriginalPaper | Chapter

Chapter 13. Enceladus Vent Explorer Concept

Masahiro Ono, Karl Mitchel, Aaron Parness, Kalind Carpenter, Saverio Iacoponi, Ellie Simonson, Aaron Curtis, Mitch Ingham, Charles Budney, Tara Estlin, Carolyn Parcheta, Renaud Detry, Jeremy Nash, Jean-Pierre de la Croix, Jessie Kawata, Kevin Hand

2018 | OriginalPaper | Chapter

Chapter 14. Prospect of Exploration and Exploitation of Kuiper Belt Object Resources in the Future

Volker Maiwald

2018 | OriginalPaper | Chapter

Chapter 15. Outer Solar System—Sample Return Mission by an Unmanned Interplanetary Spaceship UNIS

Werner Grandl, Ákos Bazsó, Andreas F. Felsenstein

Enabling Technologies

Frontmatter

2018 | OriginalPaper | Chapter

Chapter 16. Spacecraft Power System Considerations for the Far Reaches of the Solar System

Robert Cataldo

2018 | OriginalPaper | Chapter

Chapter 17. Hybrid Nuclear Spacecraft for the Outer Planets

Mark A. Stull, Ricky Tang

2018 | OriginalPaper | Chapter

Chapter 18. Exploration of the Outer Solar System: Missions and Their Power Systems Exploration Missions

Simon D. Fraser

2018 | OriginalPaper | Chapter

Chapter 19. Multi-rendezvous Solar Electric Propulsion Mission Opportunities to Jupiter Trojans

Volker Maiwald

Business Cases for Resource Utilisation

Frontmatter

2018 | OriginalPaper | Chapter

Chapter 20. Implausible, Yet Intriguing: Business in the Outer Solar System

Mike H. Ryan, Ida Kutschera

2018 | OriginalPaper | Chapter

Chapter 21. Sources of Energy in the Outer Solar System

Alexander Bolonkin

Backmatter

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