interstellar probe


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interstellar probe

[¦in·tər¦stel·ər ′prōb]
(aerospace engineering)
An instrumentated spacecraft propelled beyond the solar system to obtain specific information about interstellar environment.
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Washington, July 15 ( ANI ): Researchers have predicted that an interstellar probe fleet - travelling at 10 percent of speed of light - could survey the entire Milky Way galaxy in 10 million years.
This features a great interstellar probe, and I'm working on a study to design a starship with the British Interplanetary Society, so it fits with that.
8 billion miles from the sun, Voyager 1's passage through the heliosheath, the turbulent outer shell of the sun's sphere of influence, and the spacecraft's upcoming departure from our solar system, mark a major milestone as it will become mankind's first interstellar probe.
Clearly cognizant of technology investment planning, the contributors of these 12 essays nevertheless describe their biggest and most ambitious ideas, from the Solar Polar Imager to the Titan Explorer (for Saturn's moon Titan), Neptune Orbiter (probing and landing on Neptune) a nuclear-powered interstellar probe that will leave the heliosphere, the Stellar Imager (stars), the Modern Universe Space Telescope, the single aperture far infrared observatory, a kilometer-baseline far-infrared/submillimeter interferometer in space, the Generation-X vision mission, and the advanced Compton Telescope mission.
Another proposed sail mission, the Interstellar Probe, would be the first to leave the solar system.
In the works, though yet to be approved, are a visible-light space telescope with an 8-metre mirror that would dwarf Hubble's, and an interstellar probe that could explore space beyond the boundaries of our solar system.
One cannot but smile,' says Dessler, "thinking how, in a distant future, a community of, say, pulsar theorists will behave when an interstellar probe is about to fly by a pulsar for the first time.