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    NASA Greenlights Dragonfly Mission To Saturn Titan!


    By Rayan - Apr 24, 2024 | Updated On: 24 May, 2024 | 2 min read

    By Rayan , 2 min read - Apr 24, 2024

    Updated On: 24 May, 2024

    NASA Greenlights Dragonfly Mission. Image Credit: Social Media.

  • A $3.5 Billion Fund for the Space mission to Titan? Yes, that’s happening, and this time, DragonFly is stepping on behalf of NASA.

    NASA greenlights DragonFly mission to Saturn’s largest moon titan, regardless of the cost that has doubled since the selection of the mission nearly five years ago.

    What updates do we have regarding the launch of the Dragonfly mission?

  • NASA Greenlights Dragonfly Mission To Saturn Titan

    NASA has approved the full development of the Dragonfly mission, committing to explore an uprising project to explore Saturn’s largest moon.

    The Space Agency NASA greenlights Dragonfly mission to Saturn’s largest moon Titan. The launch date is scheduled for July 2028. Unlike NASA Artemis mission to Earth’s moon, Dragonfly is expected to explore the sixth planet.

    The car-sized Dragonfly, built in Lauren, Maryland, by the Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory (APL), will reach Titan in 2034.

    Lifecycle Costs Of $3.35 Billion

    In 2019, when NASA chose Dragonfly, the mission had a cost cap of $850 million and $1 billion when adjusted for inflation to get to the launch pad.

  • However, the launch or costs to operate the Dragonfly spacecraft after launch were separate from the budget limit. The costs have increased by $1 billion post-inflation to $2.1 billion under the budget cap.

    NASA’s latest funding through its SBIR program is happening for the 107 projects, which are worth $93.5 million.

    NASA Greenlights Dragonfly Mission

    NASA Greenlights Dragonfly Mission. Image Credit: Social Media.

    The space agency has said the mission’s budget should increase because of the design iterations, supply-chain issues due to the COVID-19 pandemic, and extra funds for a heavy-lift launch vehicle.

    The pressure caused Dragonfly’s lifestyle to grow to $3.35 billion.

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    Turning Science Fiction Into Fact

    The Dragonfly embodies human curiosity and the pursuit of knowledge. We stand on the edge of a new era of discovery and exploration of the Titan.

    With cutting-edge technology, innovative design, and unwavering dedication, Dragonfly will be the medium to unlock the secrets of prebiotic chemistry and the intentional life beyond the Earth.

    The Dragonfly mission will testify to the boundless capacity to push knowledge. As Ken Hibbard said, “With Dragonfly, we’re turning science fiction into exploration fact,” which will inspire the new generations.

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