Shields for Icarus Part1: The Impact Hazard

posted by Adam Crowl on September 19, 2010

Space is really, really BIG and immense speeds are necessary for space vehicles to cross the gulfs between the stars within a reasonable time-frame. At such high speeds (in the case of “Icarus” somewhere between 30,000 to 60,000 km/s) a collision with a sand-grain massing just a milligram would release 450 megajoules of kinetic energy, […]

Naturally Occurring Hazards to High-Speed Interstellar Spacecraft

posted by admin on August 24, 2010

Ancient cartographers creating charts of distant seas might have felt the need to embellish them with fanciful hazards but Team Icarus has no need to create dragons.  The real interstellar environment is not quite the empty void of popular imagination, its parameters are generally known, and the hazards it poses can be predicted by looking […]