A Starship Worth Fighting For

posted by Andreas Tziolas on June 25, 2014

There’s a ship out there without a name. Its been thought of by millions, conceived of, drawn, designed and re-imagined over and over. Some hold strongly to have thought of it first. Others profess to having built it. Others lay claim to the origins of the idea. This is a ship without a name. But we...

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Research, Reduction, and Reaching for the Stars

posted by Buck Field on June 7, 2014

A reaction to the Discovery article by Ian O’Neill entitled “Another Glimpse of ‘New Physics’ at the LHC?“ The LHC was built to usher in a new era in quantum cosmology. New eras are by definition the result of a revolutionary paradigm shift, now a long-clichéd term from its use and abuse in everything from...

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ISDC – Round Up

posted by Jessica Riley on June 2, 2014

A couple of weeks ago I attended the International Space Development Conference in LA. This was my first time attending the conference and I found it had a lot to offer. Many people involved with Icarus were present, gave talks, and generally provided thoughtful discussion in the sessions. My professional experience is heavily involved with creating...

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Miguel Alcubierre

Professor Miguel Alcubierre joins Icarus as an Honorary Member of Project XP4

posted by admin on May 30, 2014

Icarus Interstellar is thrilled to announce that Professor Miguel Alcubierre has joined the XP4 team as an Honorary Member. Prof. Miguel Alcubierre was born in Mexico City in 1964.  He obtained his Physicist degree from the National University in Mexico (UNAM) in 1988, and a PhD in Physics from the University of Wales in 1994. ...

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Interstellar Flight: From Imagination to Reality

posted by admin on May 21, 2014

Director Dr Richard Obousy presents to students at LeTourneau University in Longview, Texas. The first confirmed detection of a planet orbiting another star came in 1992. Since then, over 1,060 exoplanets have been discovered and astronomers estimate that there are billions of such worlds within our galaxy alone. While fascinating from a scientific perspective, is...

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Adam Crowl

Start of the True Space Age

posted by Adam Crowl on May 7, 2014

Watching the recent soft splashdown of Space Exploration Technology’s (SpaceX’s) Falcon-9 First Stage I felt that I was witnessing an almost historic moment. Almost. When the first SpaceX Falcon achieves a soft-landing on land, then we’ll know that the real beginning of the Space Age has arrived. Widespread use of a reusable first stage will...

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posted by Kostas Konstantinidis on April 30, 2014

Enceladus, only about 500 km in diameter and once believed too small to be active, has been found one of the most geologically dynamic objects in the Solar System. An icy moon of Saturn, it is considered along with Jupiter’s Europa one of the prime targets for the search for life in the solar system....

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Icarus Kick-Sat in Space

posted by Pat Galea on April 23, 2014

  Back in 2011, Icarus Interstellar backed a Kickstarter program run by Zac Manchester to launch a number of tiny ‘sprite’ satellites into Earth orbit. Each sprite has a small bit of electronics, a battery, and an antenna. It broadcasts a flight code selected by the backer.   The sprites are contained within a cubesat,...

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A Plumber’s Guide to Starships Part 2: Gases in Pipes

posted by Michel Lamontagne on April 15, 2014

  In this section, we will mainly be looking at gases in pipes from the heat transfer point of view.  Although there are plenty of other reasons to move gases around in a starship, starting with fuel feed, for example, heat transfer covers the most complicated cases. The information will be applicable to simpler problems....

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Building Blocks for a Generation Ship

posted by Andreas Hein on April 2, 2014

Project Hyperion is working on the first ever design of a manned interstellar vessel. Recently, the team thought about how to leverage on existing heritage for the spacecraft’s subsystems. In particular, two major elements of a crewed spacecraft were of particular interest: the propulsion system and the habitat. A preliminary analysis has already been done...

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