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 […]

Hailey Bright Interviews Divya Shankar

posted by admin on April 17, 2013

Divya Shankar, an Icarus Interstellar designer living in India talks to Hailey Bright about the Student Sat project which was launched in 2010, and the follow up project Student Sat 2. She also discusses her role in Icarus as a student designer on Project Longshot II. We were thrilled to support Divya’s first trip out […]

Vint Cerf Q&A on Interstellar Communication

posted by admin on March 24, 2013

In a new series of Q&A we’ll be reaching out to Icarus Interstellar consultants to gain their perspective on tough problems associated with interstellar flight. In this first Q&A we ask Dr Vint Cerf questions relating to interstellar communications. Vinton G. Cerf is VP and Chief Internet Evangelist for Google. Cerf served at MCI, the […]

Making the Jump to Lightspeed

posted by Pat Galea on February 7, 2012


My article on The Interstellar Communications Problem has been published in the Project Icarus series on DiscoveryNews. A question that often arises when we discuss interstellar communications is why we are restricting ourselves to the limitation of the speed of light. Surely an interstellar craft would have much to gain from the ability to send […]

DESCANSO book series

posted by admin on January 17, 2012

When researching technologies for communicating across long distances in space, books are invaluable. But free books are better! I’ve found the DESCANSO book series from JPL to be invaluable. Hard copies are available, but if you’re happy reading PDFs you can download them right off the JPL site. These titles cover everything from bandwidth-efficient digital modulation […]

Interstellar Maintenance – part 2

posted by Pat Galea on January 14, 2011

Introduction – Software maintenance Following on from the recent blogs by Philipp Reiss and Robert Freeland II, I thought I would add a little of my own perspective and experience, as a deep space software engineer. Let’s remember: the only item of a spacecraft that is routinely subject to maintenance after launch is the on-board […]