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Collaboration May Be Our First Step Toward the Stars.

posted by Jessica Riley on March 18, 2014

   Last week Icarus Interstellar announced that Les Johnson is stepping into a new position at Icarus as Chief Solar Sail Consultant. This new role presents opportunities for more communication and collaboration between Icarus, NASA, and the Tennessee Valley Interstellar Workshop, which Les is the Chair of. Les brings with him a wealth of experience […]



The Challenge of Relativistic Spaceflight

posted by Adam Crowl on March 3, 2014

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Riding a Beam to the Stars   The stars are, at minimum, tens of thousands of times further away than the planets. Presently flights to the planets take a year or more, thus to reach the stars in years, rather than millennia, requires speeds tens of thousands of times faster – a large fraction of […]



Fueling Icarus

posted by Michel Lamontagne on March 3, 2014

  Icarus is to be a fusion powered starship.  To keep the ship’s mass within reasonable bounds, the fusion drive will have to be very powerful, transforming about 100 grams of fuel into 100 tonnes of thrust every second.  Just how powerful is that?  Well, the designs that emerged from the recent Icarus workshops vary […]



Why Bother Thinking About Something We Can’t Build Yet?

posted by Jessica Riley on February 20, 2014

  Icarus Interstellar Project XP4 Tackles Far Term Technologies Now.   Jeff Lee has recently been named Project Lead of the Icarus Interstellar X-Physics Propulsion & Power Project. XP4 focuses on potential far term technologies that utilize methods of engineering spacetime itself, some of which may present the possibility of faster-than-light-speed travel. XP4 projects are […]



What Would You See Traveling at Warp Speed?

posted by Eric Davis on January 22, 2014

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Of interest is how the forward and aft starfields appear to starship crews who visually monitor their flight progress using either electronic visual displays or windows during faster-than-light flight (FTL) or while traversing a wormhole. Ford and Roman [1] and Clark et al. [2] show that for a warp drive starship at FTL speed, the […]



Copernicus and the Warp Drive

posted by Buck Field on September 5, 2013

Science historian James Burke points out two reasons why, in order to predict the future, we must look to the past. The first is that because the future hasn’t happened yet, the past is the only place we can look and the second is that the future is simply the present, with extra bits attached. […]



Fusion Propulsion: Reaching the Stars by Wielding the Power of the Stars

posted by Guest on July 23, 2013

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The following blog is a guest post from Kevin Schillo who is currently pursuing a Master of Science in Aerospace Systems Engineering at the University of Alabama in Huntsville. His research is focusing on pulsed fusion propulsion, which could help to open up the solar system for routine manned exploration. Kevin has always had a […]



The Emergence of the Starship

posted by Kelvin F. Long on June 12, 2013

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In the years 1865 and 1901 Jules Verne and H.G.Wells published their now famous novels “From the Earth to the Moon” and “The First Men in the Moon” respectively. Their ideas were not completely crazy, although the physics needed some work. In Verne’s novel the crew would be propelled to the Moon using a projectile […]



2013 Starship Congress Speaker Announcement – Dr Harold “Sonny” White: “Warp Field Physics: An Update”

posted by admin on April 24, 2013

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NASA scientist Dr Harold “Sonny” White has been confirmed as 1st keynote speaker for Icarus Interstellar’s Starship Congress event this summer. Titled “Warp Field Physics: An Update,” Dr White’s further development on his provocative 2011 “Warp Field Mechanics 101″ paper as well as his 2012 “Warp Field Mechanics 102″ symposium presentation is already speculated to […]



A Structural Analysis of the 1st Stage Reaction Chamber and Supporting Thrust Structure in Support of Project Icarus

posted by Sri Reddy on March 27, 2013

Over this past summer, I was in the pursuit of my Master’s thesis subject. I’ve always been interested in space exploration and settlement, and my graduate advisor, Haym Benaroya, informed me of Project Icarus. This definitely gained my interest, and he subsequently sent me the final report on Project Daedulus. After reading through the Project […]