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Project Dragonfly – Sail to the Stars

posted by Andreas Hein on May 8, 2015

Humanity has existed for over 200,000 years. It is only about 200 years since we entered the age of industrialization, and in the last 50 years, we have discovered ways of going to the stars [1]. However, the approaches conceived required spaceships the size of a tanker and massive space infrastructures. Project Dragonfly is the […]



Support Icarus by Shopping at Amazon? Sure why not!

posted by Andreas Tziolas on April 18, 2015

  Just click on the image, shop at Amazon as you normally would and 0.5% will go to Icarus Interstellar in support of Interstellar Flight. All funds are spent in support of the program, our students and our mission to promote deep space exploration, education and interstellar achievements for all humankind. Thank you!



Icarus Interstellar University of Miami Chapter

posted by admin on April 15, 2015

  In the ever-evolving world of science, energetic innovation is key to providing students with the inspiration necessary to dive into the modern STEM workforce. We joined Icarus Interstellar as the official University of Miami student chapter with that in mind, and with the goal of looking into not only what can be done today, […]



FTL Research, Philosophy, and Starship Congress 2015

posted by Buck Field on April 9, 2015

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Stephen Hawking, speaking at Google’s Zeitgeist Conference in the UK said: “Philosophers have not kept up with modern developments in science. Particularly physics.” There’s a lot of criticism like that from the top of the physics community, claims that philosophy doesn’t collect experimental data, that it’s useless to the working physicist, and so on.” While […]



Introducing Project Solaris – Towards the Conception of a Distributed Solar Energy Harvester

posted by Nembo Buldrini on February 20, 2015

  [logo for Project Solaris by Nembo Buldrini] Energy from the Sun When it comes to space exploration, energy supplying is surely one of the most limiting issues. Our Sun is the largest energy source in our solar system and probably will stay unrivaled for the next several centuries. The amount of power it radiates […]



A plumber’s guide to Starships – Part VI – Steam Pipes and Heat pipes

posted by Michel Lamontagne on February 15, 2015

There’s a lot of energy in the vaporization phase change. In the form of water changing from a liquid into a gas, it has been at the center of most of the world’s energy production systems for the last century.  Recently, direct energy conversion has started replacing it with wind and photoelectric power, and hydro-power […]



Revising Civilization

posted by Jacob Shively on January 28, 2015

I first encountered Icarus Interstellar in 2012 and thought, “Yes! This is awesome!” I should be more articulate about “awesome”: Icarus is ambitious and grassroots and exactly the kind of effort needed to sustain profound—even transcendent—goals. When Project Astrolabe advertised its agenda, I leapt at the call for contributions. Over the previous decade, I had […]



A plumber’s guide to Starships – Part V – Pumps and compressors

posted by Michel Lamontagne on January 18, 2015

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The Icarus starship will be powered by a glorious fusion drive pumping out tens of thousands of GigaWatts of power.  This will serve as a handy power source for secondary electrical systems, such as injectors, implosion lasers or propellant ionisation systems, that will themselves require hundreds of GigaWatts of power for their operation.  However, before […]



Project Voyager – A Map to Navigate our Dynamic Universe

posted by Zach Fejes on December 10, 2014

This is an excerpt taken from a recent article by Zachary Fejes on Discovery Space News. The full article on Discovery can be found here.   “Indulge me, for a moment, in a brief thought experiment. You have just become the pilot of a modern spacecraft, let’s call it the USS Lucky, docked with the […]



A Plumber’s Guide to Starships- Part 4 – Materials in High Radiation Environments

posted by Michel Lamontagne on November 21, 2014

Materials near a fusion reaction are subject to very high levels of both X-ray and Neutron radiation.  How do they stand up to this? Figure 7 – Material swelling due to radiation damage Even with a nominally “aneutronic” fusion reaction – and much more so with D-D fusion — there will necessarily be a large radiation […]