QUOTE (cawest @ May 21 2008, 11:13 PM)
Has anyone heard of any plans for a extra solar system probe? i read some time ago about they might use the Ares 5 to get it out there.
Does anyone have a good guess at how fast (in terms of kph) an Ares V rocket could propel a probe of roughly New Horizons mass (~5oo km) out of the solar system? How much additional acceleration could a Jupiter and/or Saturn gravity assist add to this speed?
Thanks in advance for any feedback you can provide.