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That is, the size of our Solar System (100 AU) compared to the distance to our nearest star (149,318 AU) is very small indeed. The near galactic space contains a spherical shell about 140,000 AU thick that contains icy and rocky objects of differing sizes. Because the objects appear dark they are very difficult to resolve in visible light. It is from this shell of objects that most long-term comets (such as Halley’s) appear to originate. The volume of space encompassed by our Solar System traveling through the galactic medium is called the Heliosphere.

1. # System # System 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 HYARDS, USAF, 1956 Hyper III, NASA, 1964 G. Harry Stine, 1957 USAF Spaceplane, 1960 Mig/Lozinski 50/50, 1962 USAF/Boeing, DynaSoar-X-20 1959 MBB, Sanger II, 1984 Lockheed Star Clipper 1964 Dassault, Star-H, 1984 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 McDonnell Douglas FDL-7MC/MRS USAF, General Dynamics, 1981 Martin Marietta, 1971 USAF, General Dynamics, 1981 A-1, Vostok, 1961 MDC, Delta Clipper, 1990 GD, Millennium Express, 1991 Boeing Mars Mission, 1991 identify the configurations.

So the spacecraft today are based on our current launch motor capability of high thrust over a relatively short operating time. What is needed is a new development of deep space propulsion that has both higher thrust and longer operating times and that is capable of ready storage over long deep-space missions. The thrust can be reduced, but there is a corresponding increase in the acceleration time, that is, the duration the propulsion system must operate. Depending on the engine providing the thrust, there are limits to the duration a particular engine Sec.

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