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2006-Nov-13, 07:43 PM
Is the JIMO mission still linked with the Prometheus project? Both NASA and Northrop Grumman state that the Prometheus propulsion system will not be tested on JIMO. This leads me to believe it would still be used, however, only if this system is tested successfully on other craft.
JIMO Data Sheet (http://nssdcftp.gsfc.nasa.gov/miscellaneous/jupiter/JIMO_Background/JIMO.pdf)
Northrop Grumman Site (http://www.capitolsource.northropgrumman.com/programs/prometheus.html)
NASA Site (http://exploration.nasa.gov/programs/prometheus/)
2006-Nov-13, 07:51 PM
Welcome to the BAUT forum The_Glaive,
JIMO's budget has been cut to zero. As far as I know Prometheus is also completely on the back burner, though it has a better chance of being developed in the next thirty years than JIMO. As your link shows, this fall, it is at least something being discussed by the Office of Naval Reactor people.
2006-Nov-16, 12:41 PM
The JIMO mission being 'indefinitely' halted seems odd to me when the exploration of the moons of Jupiter was supposed to be 'the' highest point of interest. I guess signing up for a 20 year long mission is somewhat daunting.
2006-Nov-16, 12:55 PM
The Prometheus part of the mission and the cost of launching it was all getting very expensive. It was already several times more expensive than the most expensive previous unmanned mission ever, with no promise that it wouldn't be even more over budget in the future. IIRC, you could have built two tunnels under Boston for the last estimated cost of JIMO.
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