In the ages of old, people thought that if you kept going out into the Atlantic Ocean, you would eventually fall off the edge of the Earth. Indeed, there were also tales of monsters that lurked there, waiting to snatch the sailor and his ship and drag them down into the abyss below. Well, there […]
With the recent creation of the new i4is website, along with the newer blogs, we have included a selection of previous Starship Blog posts from our archive which we hope you will enjoy browsing. If you would like to write an article and have it appear on our web site, then get in touch with us.
John Davies, senior researcher and school educational lead at i4is, created the interstellar challenge day for schools in collaboration with STEM Learning Ltd and the British Interplanetary Society. Eight London schools entered teams.
Kelvin Long and Rob Swinney, supported ably by John Davies and Gill Norman, delivered the ever-popular Starship Engineer course at the HQ of the British Interplanetary Society on 12/13th November.
Four international teams, almost exclusively consisting of students, are going to present their design for an interstellar probe. And this time, things get small.
A technological transition occurred when the real lunar ship emerged into our world, and crystallised from a thing of thought, to a thing of matter and energy. Today, we imagine what a future starship may look like.
By the time the Starship reached its destination after centuries of travel time, what history would have passed by back on Earth? Indeed, how would the culture on board the Starship have evolved?
Rob Swinney and Terry Regan attended a special event at the Scottish Dark Sky Observatory in August. Over two evenings the pair, representing both i4is and the British Interplanetary Society discussed the prospects of real interstellar flight in the near future.
As a part of our educational initiatives, our team has recently put together a small test paper for starship design, known as ‘the interstellar minimum’ after the famous Russian physicist Lev Landau and his ‘theoretical minimum’ entrance exam for university degree programs.
Yesterday the NASA New Horizons spacecraft successfully executed a flyby of the dwarf planet Pluto, one of the Trans-Neptunian objects, to within a distance of just over 12,500 km.
Project Dragonfly is a feasibility study for an interstellar mission, conducted by small, distributed spacecraft, propelled primarily by laser sails. The spacecraft shall be capable of reaching the target star system within a century and be able to decelerate.
The Mariner program was a joint NASA/JPL initiative which ran from 1962 to 1973 and saw robotic probes sent to nearly all of the planets of the solar system. The program achieved many firsts, including the first planetary flyby, the first pictures from another planet, the first planetary orbiter, the first gravity assist manoeuvre.
The Voyager 1 and 2 spacecraft were launched in the 1970s. They are now heading out into interstellar space. One day, we may build faster spacecraft and overtake them.