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Old 2012-12-27, 13:41   #14
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Originally Posted by xilman View Post
Fly a hot air balloon in the Jovian atmosphere.
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The main probe should fit on a Ariane-5 or its near-future upgrade.
I like this one.
But why not use a Falcon Heavy? The best Ariane-5 gets you 11,200kg to GTO for an estimated $120M. The Falcon Heavy will get you 19,000kg to GTO for a fixed price of $128M.

BTW, the budget of $1B is a soft number. Stretch it but don't break it.

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