How are interplanetary trajectories that involve gravity assist maneuvers found? Examples: the MESSENGER spacecraft made flybys of Earth, Venus, and Mercury before getting into orbit the Juno ...
The Voyager 1 & 2 spacecraft launched in 1977 with Plutonium as their source of electricity. 34 years later they claim these two spacecraft have enough power to last them until at least 2020. That ...
Liquid and solid chemical fuels in rockets are very expensive and inefficient. I have heard of solar sails but what are the most realistic space travel fuels that will be used in the future to get ...