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Planetary Exploration Horizon 2061 synthesis workshop


5 - 7 June 2019


Université Paul Sabatier - Toulouse - France


Michel Blanc

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"Planetary Exploration, Horizon 2061" is a long-term foresight exercise initially proposed by the Air and Space Academy and led by scientists, engineers and technology experts heavily involved in planetary sciences and in the space exploration of the Solar System. Its ultimate objective is to draw up to the 2061 horizon a long-term picture of the four pillars of planetary exploration:

  1. our major scientific questions on planetary systems;
  2. the different types of space missions that we need to fly to address these questions;
  3. the key technologies we need to master to make these missions flyable;
  4. the ground-based and space-based infrastructures needed in support to these missions.

The "Horizon 2061" exercise involves three successive steps designed to progressively build the three pillars. Its third step, the "Horizon 2061 synthesis workshop", will be hosted by Université Paul Sabatier in Toulouse from June 5th to 7th, 2019. Its tentative conclusions will be presented for discussion at the joint EPSC-DPS meeting in Geneva (September 15th to 20th, 2019), and later for discussion and final approval at the COSPAR General Assembly (Sydney, August 15th to 23rd, 2020).