In the 1970s, the British Interplanetary Society developed the concept of Daedalus, a spacecraft capable of reaching another star. Daedalus was an ambitious idea, using the propulsion provided by detonating/fusing nuclear pellets to accelerate the craft to 12% of the speed of light and cover the 5.9 light years to Barnard’s Star in just 50 years. Daedalus was to be the start of mankind’s journey to the stars, but the technology required was beyond the reach of the day.
In 2008, the British Interplanetary Society and the Tau Zero Foundation began project Icarus, a variation on the Daedalus concept, and this year the Starship Congress has put together a kickstarter campaign for a summit of scientific minds to consider the Icarus project in more detail.
In 2012, the U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) and NASA announced the 100 Year Starship, yet another separate project to develop…
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