Project Hyperion – Manned Interstellar Flight


Many studies of interstellar craft focus on vessels that are unmanned. This is because the task of starship construction is considered sufficiently challenging without the additional complexity of creating an environment where humans could survive for decades or even centuries. Project Hyperion will tackle this specific challenge head on and perform a preliminary study that defines concepts for a crewed interstellar starship. Major areas of study include propulsion, environmental control, life support, social studies related to crewed multi-decadal/multi-century missions, habitat studies, communications, psychology of deep spaceflight, mission objectives and ethics of sending humans to the stars. Like with all complex system developments, a major challenge is to merge the results from the domain-specific sub studies into a coherent system design. This shall be accomplished by using up-to-date systems engineering approaches like concurrent engineering and model-based systems engineering.

Peer Reviewed Journal Articles

A.M. Hein, M. Pak, D. Putz, C. Buhler, P. Reiss, “World Ships – Architectures & Feasibility Revisited“, Journal of the British Interplanetary Society 65, 119-133, 2012

C.M. Smith, “Estimation of a genetically viable population for multigenerational interstellar voyaging: Review and data for project Hyperion“, Acta Astronautica, Volume 97, April–May 2014, Pages 16-29.

Discovery News Articles

Road Trip! The Interstellar Kind” by Steve Summerford

What Would an Interstellar Worldship Look Like?” by Steve Summerford


Sheila Kanani interviews Hyperion Project Leader Andreas Hein

Other Media Appearances

A.M. Hein, “Project Hyperion: Enabling and Disruptive Technologies for Manned Interstellar Travel“, Starship Congress 2013, Dallas, USA. Video

Illustrations for the January 2013 issue of Scientic American for Cameron Smith’s article “Starship Humanity”

Blog Articles

Human Universals and Cultural Evolution on Interstellar Voyages by Cameron Smith (May 2014)

Building blocks for a Generation Ship by Andreas Hein (April 2014)

Biological Evolution in Interstellar Human Migration by Cameron Smith (March 2013)

How will Humans Fly to the Stars?” by Andreas Hein

Colonized Interstellar Vessel: Conceptual Master Planning” by Steve Summerford

Brain Emulation for Manned Interstellar Flight: Feasibility and Design Considerations” by Aaron Cardon

The Hollow Asteroid Starship – Dissamination of an Idea” by Andreas Hein

To The Stars in a Sleeping Car” by Daniel Pütz

Will a Seed Ship give Birth to the Star Child?” by Christian Bühler


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