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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 […]



Tribute to an Interstellar Pioneer: Icarus Shepherd Probes

posted by Kelvin F. Long on March 4, 2012

Recently it was announced that one of the pioneers behind interstellar research, Dr Les Shepherd, had passed away. Les was a pioneer of atomic rockets (with Val Cleaver in 1949), interstellar flight (with his seminal 1952 paper) and international co-operation in the pursuit of space, being one of the founders of the International Astronautical Federation […]



Project Enzmann

posted by Kelvin F. Long on March 3, 2012

Sometime in the 1960s the physicist Robert Duncan Enzmann came up with the idea of using huge spheres of frozen Deuterium, mined from the gas giants, as the main fuel for so called ‘Slow Boats’. These are large vessels but much smaller than conventional world ships. Enzmann seems to have imagined these vessels travelling at […]



PROJECT BUSSARD: LAUNCH OF A NEW ICARUS PROJECT

posted by admin on January 31, 2012

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Recently, the Icarus team announced the launch of several new projects. We are very pleased to add another project to that growing list of interstellar research initiatives, helping to break the boundaries on what is possible. In particular, we should take guidance from the words of wisdom from the late science and science fiction writer […]



Daedalus model Building (Part 1)

posted by admin on January 29, 2012

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Whilst members of the Project Icarus Study Group are busy studying the vehicle configuration and engine design, it is important to visualise the vehicle when we can. Only three models of the Daedalus vehicle are known to exist and these are shown below. The first was built by Mat Irvine for the 1970s UK television […]



Contemplations from New York

posted by admin on January 26, 2012

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I’m just back from a trip to New York courtesy of the National Geographic channel and Atlas media. They are making a documentary on interstellar flight and I am appearing/consulting for the film. I had done a few documentaries before but the professional team of Atlas, led by Bill McClane, took it to a new […]



Starships and ‘da Vincian Design’.

posted by Kelvin F. Long on December 30, 2011

I’m a big fan of Leonardo da Vinci and recently I had the honour of visiting the Leonardo exhibit at the National Gallery in London. Although I had to queue for over four hours to get the tickets, the wait was truly worth it. I entered several rooms containing over 90 drawings and paintings by […]



Interstellar Steam Punked

posted by Kelvin F. Long on December 23, 2011

Well, I never thought I would get Steampunked, a gift from Icarus Interstellar President Richard Obousy who had the entire Board of Directors done recently. If you don’t know what steam punk is, here is a description: —————————————— Steampunk Steampunk is a sub-genre of science fiction, fantasy, alternate history, and speculative fiction that came into […]



Christmas Reflections 2011

posted by Kelvin F. Long on December 20, 2011

When we think about Christmas, we all have our different perspectives on what it really means to us individually. For many its mainly an opportunity to share some valued time with the family and reflect on a busy year gone by. This experience is enhanced by the kindness we show to each other, often represented […]



Computers for Interstellar Missions – Part 1

posted by Dimos Homatas on January 25, 2011

In this article, we aim to open up discussions on hardware electronics and computers for the Icarus and interstellar space missions in general. Introduction In today’s society, everybody is witness to the enormous advances in computer technology from ENIAC’s day until today. Home computers routinely implement features which a few decades ago were found only […]