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 […]

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. […]

Starship Congress to be First Interstellar Conference friendly to Deaf and Hard of Hearing Attendees

posted by admin on August 6, 2013


Icarus Interstellar is proud to announce that the upcoming Starship Congress will be the FIRST interstellar conference to feature live captioning! Reaching out to as many people as possible is an important goal to us at Icarus Interstellar, and we strive to make sure that everyone will be included in our first annual Starship Congress. […]

The Starship: Bringer of Harmony

posted by Kelvin F. Long on July 2, 2013

Kelvin Long

Williams K. Hartmann is an American space artist. In 1984 he wrote a book titled “Out of the Cradle, Exploring the Frontiers Beyond Earth”. In this book he proposed something which is quite profound and which had become known as the Golden Rule. It states that “Space exploration must be carried out in a way […]

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 […]

Defending the Interstellar Vision

posted by Paul Gilster on July 27, 2012

**This article was initially published for the Centauri Dreams blog** An interstellar movement has been brewing for the past sixty or so years among physicists and engineers who have taken a serious look at what it would take to get to the stars. Their work is not based on wishes but on physics, and while […]

Tiffany Frierson Talks at the 100 Year Starship Conference

posted by admin on December 6, 2011

On September 30th, 2011, the 100 Year Starship conference was launched in Orlando Florida. For three days, scientists from universities, NASA centers and private institutions discussed ideas relating to interstellar exploration. Over 15 members of our nonprofit organization, Icarus Interstellar, attended the conference to deliver presentations relating to our areas of research interest. In this […]

The Alpha Centauri Prize: Taking Volunteer Research To A New Level

posted by Kelvin F. Long on October 21, 2011

Project Icarus is a theoretical design study for an unmanned interstellar probe based upon the historical BIS Project Daedalus. The main motivation for starting this project was (1) a designer capability exercise (2) to re-energize the field of interstellar studies (3) to inspire the public and national space agency mission planners to be bold in […]

Starflight on the Cheap

posted by Adam Crowl on December 18, 2010

SpaceX have successfully orbited and re-entered their first fully operational Dragon Capsule, making it the first private re-entry… …good news for space access, one hopes. If Elon Musk & SpaceX can make good on their plans for a reusable 1st Stage, then the outlook for their Cheap Access To Space (CATS) ambitions is looking […]