NASA’s New Horizons mission whose main aim is to explore the Pluto since 2001 has been developed by the NASA scientist to the farthest planet ever visited. NASA said in a statement that this mission when accomplished has just 20 percent of the amount spent and after adjusting the inflation on NASA’s previous outer planet exploration, the storied Voyager mission which has storied Voyager mission which has already explored Jupiter, Uranus, Saturn and Neptune in the year 1970.
The success of this mission has helped the new space explorations companies which are private companies like Tesla, SpaceX and Amazon.com can partner with NASA and can take part in space exploration at a very low cost. To get the budget based goal, they need to combine the daring, ingenuity and team-wide commitment. They have invented various ways in which the spacecraft can able to hibernate for like 9 ½ year journey to Pluto. This means that the flight team needs only 50 staff in place of 450 for voyager.
They also scaled back the data transmission rates to just about 10 percent of Voyager’s, and it is greatly reducing the costs of both the communications and nuclear-power generator systems which are present abroad the spacecraft. The reduced data-transmission rate now added a year to the time which is needed to return all the data from the pluto fly. This also saved about $100 million and it is not only saved the money but also lowered development risks.
These savings have balanced the risk of sending the one spacecraft by adding onboard backups for the guidance, main computers, and propulsion and communication systems. It also reduces the risk of performing the extensive pre-launch spacecraft testing to weed out bugs and the risk of parts that have failed shortly after the launch.