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“Solar System Pony Express”
NASA Funds Research into a Solar System “Pony Express” System
Artist’s depiction of the Solar System Pony Express system. (Credits: Joshua Vander Hook)

NASA Innovative Advanced Concepts (NIAC) Phase I Award
Funding: up to $125,000
Study Period: 9 months

Solar System Pony Express
Joshua Vander Hook
NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory
Pasadena, Calif.

The Solar System Pony Express is a global, multi-spectral, high-resolution planetary surveyor supported by regular visits from a cycler satellite network to retrieve petabits of data for transit to Earth.

  • Parabolic Arc
  • March 7, 2021