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    China Considers Voyager-like Mission to Interstellar Space

    "China Considers Voyager-like Mission to Interstellar Space"

    https://www.planetary.org/blogs/gues...r-mission.html

    China is planning a Voyager-like mission to the outer solar system that includes a flyby of Neptune, measurements of the electrically charged gas bubble surrounding our solar system, and a journey to interstellar space.

    The mission is currently named IHP, which stands for Interstellar Heliosphere Probe. It consists of two spacecraft that would explore the heliosphere, the solar-wind-created region around our Sun that separates us from interstellar space as the solar system travels through the Milky Way.

    Zong Qiugang, the director of the Institute of Space Physics and Applied Technology at Peking University in China, said the mission “will allow us to discover, explore, and understand fundamental astrophysical processes in the largest plasma laboratory—the heliosphere.” Zong gave an overview of the mission at EPSC-DPS 2019, an international gathering of planetary scientists in Geneva, Switzerland.
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    I have seen a few sources that claim China will do an “Interstellar Express” or maybe Neptune mission or heliosphere probe

    Neptune Spaceship? or Voyager-like or New Horizons style Interstellar Space Missions. Some sources now claim that it will be two different spacecraft or two missions

    They also mention Jupiter

    https://spacenews.com/china-to-launc...-solar-system/

    The project aims to send separate spacecraft to the nose and tail of the heliosphere, a region of space dominated by solar wind created by our Sun, to study distinct areas of this bubble and how it interacts with the interstellar medium
    The Chinese heliosphere probes will take advantage of advances in propulsion and ground station and deep space communications made in recent years by China’s space industry. Such progress has recently facilitated missions to Mars, a lunar sample return and a planned mission to Jupiter.

    Some are expecting an Asteroid or KBO mission, data of 'Toutatis' was obtained during a Chang'e flyby, the spacecraft could also target far away Kuiper Belt Objects

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    Quote Originally Posted by Launch window View Post
    I have seen a few sources that claim China will do an “Interstellar Express” or maybe Neptune mission or heliosphere probe

    Neptune Spaceship? or Voyager-like or New Horizons style Interstellar Space Missions. Some sources now claim that it will be two different spacecraft or two missions

    They also mention Jupiter

    https://spacenews.com/china-to-launc...-solar-system/



    The Chinese heliosphere probes will take advantage of advances in propulsion and ground station and deep space communications made in recent years by China’s space industry. Such progress has recently facilitated missions to Mars, a lunar sample return and a planned mission to Jupiter.

    Some are expecting an Asteroid or KBO mission, data of 'Toutatis' was obtained during a Chang'e flyby, the spacecraft could also target far away Kuiper Belt Objects
    Interstellar Express as you have named is actually two missions going in opposite directions. One of them will do a flyby of Neptune.
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