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A Plumber’s Guide to Starships Part 2: Gases in Pipes

posted by Michel Lamontagne on April 15, 2014

  In this section, we will mainly be looking at gases in pipes from the heat transfer point of view.  Although there are plenty of other reasons to move gases around in a starship, starting with fuel feed, for example, heat transfer covers the most complicated cases. The information will be applicable to simpler problems. […]



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

Adam Crowl

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 […]



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 […]



Long Now “Manual for Civilization” project begins with Icarii Heath Rezabek as Intern

posted by Heath Rezabek on February 7, 2014

Icarii Heath Rezabek (FarMaker Interstellar Speed Sketch Contest; Starship Congress 2013 Outreach & Collaborations Coordinator) shares with us an update on a project with the Long Now Foundation, based in San Francisco, CA. The Manual for Civilization is a core collection of materials (3,500 volumes initially) meant to reflect a cross-section of the interests of […]



Synergy, Humor, and Paradigm Shift

posted by Buck Field on December 5, 2013

Almost every day, I worry about the science we will need if we’re ever going to make it to the stars. For a start, there’s the existential danger from industrial-scale technology that threatens our long-term survival with unrecoverable war or environmental damage. This is largely supported by corporate priorities governing from the top of our […]



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. […]



The Emergence of the Starship

posted by Kelvin F. Long on June 12, 2013

Kelvin Long

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 […]



The Starship: What is it for anyway?

posted by Kelvin F. Long on May 15, 2013

Kelvin Long

A star is a distant stellar objective, burning nuclear reactions at its core, releasing fusion energy and radiating outwards across all matter and fields in its path. A ship is a vessel that will take passengers or cargo from A to B, from here to there or from there to here. So, you want to […]



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 […]