New Horizons 2

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New Horizons 2 (also New Horizons II, NHII, or NH2) was a proposed mission to the trans-Neptunian objects by NASA. It was conceived as a planetary flyby mission.[1][2]

New Horizons 2 was actually included in the tentative budget for the New Horizons missions.[3] In 2004 the United States Senate Appropriations Committee provided additional funding for New Horizons 2, a new Kuiper Belt mission.[4] As early as 2004 there was a conference on how to make the most use of NH2's Uranus flyby.[5]

Candidate targets included 1999 TC36, a system that, like Pluto–Charon, contains multiple bodies.[3] The mission plan for 1999 TC36 also included flybys of Jupiter and Uranus,[3] and perhaps four KBOs.[6] There was a lot of flexibility: even without a gravity assist any KBO within 50 AU and a 20-year flight time was possible.[7] A flyby of Neptune's Triton was also considered, with 66652 Borasisi as a potential follow on.[7]

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  1. ^ Portree, David (22 May 2012). "New Horizons II (2004-2005)". Wired. Retrieved 2 August 2013. 
  2. ^ Stern, Alan; Binzel, Rick; Levison, Hal; Lopes, Rosaly; Millis, Bob; Moore, Jeff. "New Horizons 2". Lunar and Planetary Institute. Retrieved 2 August 2013. 
  3. ^ a b c Czysz, Paul A.; Bruno, Claudio (2009-03-20). Future Spacecraft Propulsion Systems: Enabling Technologies for Space Exploration. Springer. p. 378. ISBN 9783540888147. 
  4. ^ Stern, Alan (October 5, 2004). "New Horizons For Planetary Exploration". Retrieved January 22, 2014. 
  5. ^ Afoot-- Cheaper, More Frequent Outer Planets Missions - New Horizons II Workshop
  6. ^ Stern, Alan et al. "New Horizons 2" (pdf). NASA (Outer Planets Assessment Group). Retrieved 13 May 2012.  parent
  7. ^ a b Final Report of the New Horizons II Review Panel

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