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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New post on the my other blog
I talk to people all the time who, when they find out I’m a writer, tell me how they would love to write but can never come up with any ORIGINAL IDEAStm There are no really original ideas anymore, supposedly, that may also be a lie, but let’s take it on faith that this is true. What there are, are variations on a theme … a juxtapositioning of notions with a different perspective or twist. You CAN find these if you try. I know I did, but it was a meandering path. It was like a seed that mutated as it grew, like a mad Dr. Frankenstein kept adding parts to it. I’m going to share how my current work-in-progress came to be the story that it currently is. I say currently because I’m still revising it. It likely won’t have any substantial changes at this point though, as it’s pretty well fully formed.