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Asteroid Grand Tour
post Jan 7 2017, 08:16 PM
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Certainly it would be desirable to plan the trajectory rather than pick a trajectory and hope for the best. How much good the planning would do is an empirical matter. Probably a little bit of propulsion would go a long way so that a little delta-v before a targeted encounter could set it up to be quite close. It may be that some launch opportunities would be considerably better than others. Of course, some targets are more interesting than others. All told, it's probably better to get 20 to 60 close flybys of interesting targets than to get 1000 distant flybys of random ones. All told, it's a complex paradigm with time as one parameter and assessments of scientific interest as another. And the interest of a set of targets would not the sum of the interest of each of them.

It'd be fun, but hard, to model this out; it's hard to assess how that would go without getting deep into the details.
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