Project Tin Tin

 

 

Motivations for Project Tin Tin

 

Icarus Interstellar is an volunteer research organization dedicated to achieving interstellar flight by the year 2100.

Currently there are no interstellar exploration missions planned or in progress. Even the Voyager spacecraft will not pass close to a neighboring solar system for thousands of years.

Space systems miniaturization technologies offer an attractive mass budget for  deep space and interstellar exploration missions, using currently available launcher and propulsion technologies.

Tin Tin will be the first interstellar precursor mission on route to Alpha Centauri.

 

Scope of the Project       

The Project Tin Tin research team will design, model and launch a set of nano/cubesat sized spacecraft, with scientifically relevant objectives by 2015.

 

Spacecraft Description            

The objective of Project TinTin is to motivate interstellar exploration by pushing the envelope of what is currently possible for deep space exploration:

 

SCIENCE

  • Multispectral cameras,
  • Dust and gas analyzers (mass and composition),
  • Magnetometers and charged (solar) particle detectors.

PROPULSION

  • Interstellar insertion trajectories,
  • Gravity and solar assist trajectories,
  • Ion propulsion (eg. 10,000s Isp Indium Ultra-FEEP).

COMMUNICATIONS

  • Low power, low gain omni-directional transponders,
  • Point to point, laser comms,
  • Piggy back comms via existing deep space missions.

 

POWER

  • Novel batteries and fuel cells,
  • Long duration, low power, Am/Th “safe” RTGs,
  • Power harvesters (solar panels, solar wind/plasma)

 

MATERIALS

  • Space validated plastics,
  • Integrated, 3D printed structure and systems,
  • NanoSat “production line” customized assembly.
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