reply to post by Wrabbit2000
Okay, so you're suggesting that this Voyager III be more of a "Edge of the solar system" type of probe, and not planetary or Kuiper Belt
And since you're indicating that, then there is no need to wait for any type of alignment of those planetary bodies for a launch window. Only using
them for a Gravity Assist
so that it will get enough velocity to escape the sun's gravity and
be able to reach out there.
Now: convince them that it's worth the money to do this. Believe it or not the body of probes is the cheapest part of the probe really. Using
something the size of the space shuttle means that this probe will have a LOT more mass to get out of LEO, so it's going to cost a LOT more in fuel
to get it out there and on it's way to it's first gravity assist (more than likely using Venus first).
However, all the science instruments have to be built to widthstand the riggers of space travel (huge G forces, exposure to extreme temps both hot and
cold, and of course vacuum and cosmic radiation), and building them is not cheap.
Then of course you'll have to have funding to staff the project, and how long is this mission going to take? You'll need employees that can be on a
salary for that long too.\
Now you and I are most likely sold on the idea: let's expand human's knowledge of what's out there so we can learn about it, money should not be a
limiting factor to the human race expanding it's knowledge about our universe.
However, those that control the funding and have the money might say other wise.
Considering how many ATS members alone that bi*** and griped at the cost of Curiosity (which was a drop in the bucket compared to the project you are
suggesting) which was a very small sum, I doubt that you'd get the idea pushed through.
Sad I know, but I don't know of anything right that that would get something like that funded very easily.