posted on Aug, 18 2013 @ 12:00 PM
reply to post by wrabbit2000
Actually they have launched a more modern probe: New Horizons
After doing it's flyby of Pluto in July 2015, the probe will be headed to find some Kuiper Belt objects to also investigate. That phase of operation
is scheduled for 2016 - 2020.
By 2020, New Horizon's "Dwarf Planet" program will be done, and if all is still functioning on board, it will be heading out to investigate the
Heliosphere and by December 2038 will be 100 AUs from the sun.
Voyager 1 is currently at about 125 AUs from the sun, so it is being followed by a more "modern" probe.
The problem is distance / time / velocity. We can build a very modern probe with the latest advanced equipment on it, which is what they did for
Voyager 1 when they launched in back in 1977.
Over 36 years has passed for it to get where it is, and of course in that 36 years, the equipment it has on board is no where near as advanced as what
we have now.
New Horizons was built with the latest and greatest too, and launched in 2006. But by the time it will get to 100 AUs out, 32 years will have gone by,
and what it has on board will not be as up to date as whatever equipment we'll have in another 25 years.