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Alpha Centauri Bb: An Interstellar Target?

posted by admin on October 18, 2012

By Dr. Ian O’Neill Full Article Can Be Found on Discovery Space News: Alpha Centauri Bb: An Interstellar Target? A little exoplanet living in a neighboring star system has caused a very big stir this week. It may be too hot for life to survive on its surface, but the discovery of an Earth-sized planet […]



Project Icarus and Alpha Centauri B b: Target found?

posted by Ian Crawford on October 17, 2012

The news that an Earth-mass planet has probably been discovered in orbit around alpha Centauri B has a big impact on Project Icarus. If this news is confirmed, then it means our nearest stellar neighbor has at least one planet. Overnight, alpha Centauri has potentially become a more interesting target for Project Icarus. Professor Ian […]



Which Exoplanet to Visit?

posted by Ian Crawford on October 14, 2012

Project Icarus is tasked with designing an interstellar spacecraft capable of exploring nearby stars and studying their planetary systems up close. The unmanned space vehicle—inspired by nuclear pulse propulsion studies by the British Interplanetary Society in the 1970s—will ideally reach its target star within 100 years after launch. So the Icarus spacecraft is planned to […]



Ian Crawford Talks in Orlando Florida

posted by admin on December 4, 2011

Dr. Ian Crawford, Design Lead for the Astronomical Target module for Project Icarus talks about the choice of target star system for an interstellar probe. Ian makes a strong case for full deceleration in the target system due to the much impoved scientific returns from an interstellar rendezvous mission.



Kepler’s Worlds

posted by Alan Hale on March 1, 2011

Alan Hale writes as a new member to Project Icarus. Alan’s research interests include the search for planets beyond the solar system, including those which might have favorable environments for life; stars like the sun; minor bodies in the solar system, especially comets and near-Earth asteroids; and advocacy of spaceflight. He is primarily known for […]



Possible Discovery of an “Earth-Like” Planet orbiting GJ 581: Implications for Project Icarus

posted by Ian Crawford on October 3, 2010

In recent days there has, justifiably, been much excitement over the reported discovery of an “Earth-like” planet orbiting within the “habitable zone” of the relatively nearby (20.5 light-years distant) red dwarf star GJ 581. The announcement was made in a paper by Steven Vogt (University of California), and colleagues, which has been accepted for publication […]



Targets for Icarus: Planets within 15 light-years of the Sun

posted by Ian Crawford on June 3, 2010

The Icarus study is tasked with designing an interstellar space vehicle capable of making in situ scientific investigations of nearby stars. The specific target star has not yet been selected, but its choice will be constrained by a number of factors. Foremost among these are the design constraints that the propulsion mechanism must be based […]