Starship Congress Live Streaming Day 1 Part 1

posted by admin on August 21, 2013

We were extremely happy to record the entire Starship Congress event. Over the coming weeks we plan to cut the stream into individual talks, to make it easier to find specific presentations.

Until that time, we’d like to share parts of the event with you in their entirety.

This live stream is of Day 1 Part 1 of Starship Congress.



We’ll be adding more over the coming days. SC

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3 Responses to Starship Congress Live Streaming Day 1 Part 1

  1. Jason Carr says:

    I am bummed that I didn’t know about this event! I love the work you guys are doing and hope that you’ll come back to Dallas again in the future. Thanks to all of you that are working on such an important initiative for the future!

    • admin says:

      Thanks Jason! We appreciate your support and hope to see you at Starship Congress in 2015!

  2. Andrew Palfreyman says:

    Great conference. I learned a lot and this is my synthesis.

    If I could control the space program, putting quite cheap telescopes out there as GravScopes would be my first priority for future space missions. Some subgoals would need to be established first – primarily a web of Beamers, all solar powered and implemented via mirrors and lasers. This not only allows us to get around the solar system quickly using light sails, but also allows us to decelerate out at the grav focus points of our choosing. That way we don’t have to wait for fusion rockets.

    Example: a 1 TW beam radially outward from the sun.
    Using a sail to intercept 100% of beam, we get 3,000 N of thrust.
    With 100 Kg all-up weight, we get an acceleration of 3 gee.
    We start off with a Sundiver manoevre to grab 100 Km/s initial speed at the sun with the sail.
    Then we get on beam and head on out.
    We get out to Pluto in 7 days and 27 days to the grav focus (at full speed, no braking)

    Now we have a fleet of GravScopes looking at the dozen closest star systems with a resolution of a few 100 metres. After some observing time for integrating photons and moving the focus around, we pick the best destination (say, one with chlorophyll and water planets). In the interim we’ve developed the hardware for StarWay lenses and better beamers. We also have compact and portable fusion power, or we make do with NTRs. We need one of the two for positioning the Starway lenses, because Magsails alone won’t make the nut (ineffective for deceleration below 0.1c). We go build our Starway to our preferred destination, using a combination of beam power and nuclear power propulsion. This should take between 10 and 20 years, including the first trip. And now we can go to another solar system, and we can return, with one-way trip times measured in a few years. The first priority on arrival is to set up the comm link, which uses the grav focus on the back side of the target sun.

    By then, other priorities may have presented themselves. And in the interim, we have a web of beams throughout our solar system for interplanetary exploration, and an enhanced and extended program of a multitude of GravScopes to peer deeply and accurately into our interstellar neighbourhood.

    That’s my plan, anyway.

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