Initiative for Interstellar Studies is not just focussed on theoretical discussions about interstellar flight but planning ground demonstrations of critical technologies and even a LEO space mission demonstrator. Technical programmes Project Dragonfly and Project Glowworm are investigating laser-sail propulsion technology to make humanity a space fairing species. Do you want to calculate, or build stuff or to get involved with space mission development? Then contact us....WHAT ARE YOU WAITING FOR?
Principal Investigator: Andreas Hein
The Initiative for Interstellar Studies has recently begun work on exciting plans for a CubeSat spacecraft mission that demonstrates the world’s first laser-sail in space. This amazing first would demonstrate key technologies for a laser-propelled future interstellar mission: Pushing a gram-sized “ChipSat” with a laser beam in space. With this technology it will be feasible to one day go to fractions of light speed bringing the stars within decades travel time of our reach.
We are looking for funding to seed fund a technology development program towards this mission, including laser thrust measurements and developing a ChipSat with a solar/laser sail.
We need you to help us push humanity to the next frontier in the exploration of interstellar space. Many others are looking at back up plans for humanity in space (SpaceX, Breakthrough Initiative) but before this can happen we have to develop the key technology breakthroughs to enable humanity to eventually become an interstellar species and improve our chances of survival.
DO YOU HAVE THE BOLD VISION TO HELP ENGINEER THIS FUTURE?
The current plan is to aim for a launch in the 2020 timeframe in celebration of the 60th anniversary of the Sputnik 1 mission which kickstarted the space race. Our aspiration is to kickstart a new era of space exploration but with laser-sail technology and by demonstrating it is possible.
Our probe fits into the palm of your hand: It is the size of a credit card for the sail and 1 cm² in area for the ChipSat that is deployed with it, smaller than your thumbnail. Our plan is to deploy our sail system from a CubeSat, and then to push it with laser, and then to capture it on film and video.
Along the way to the "Glowworm" laser sail mission, we will achieve several technological breakthroughs:
Goal 1: Smallest spacecraft ever launched into space to return a signal to Earth, to commemorate the Sputnik mission (Femto-Sputnik)
Goal 2: First ever successful solar sail ChipSat, world's smallest solar sail spacecraft
Goal 3: First ever successful demonstration of a laser sail in space (Glowworm)
WHAT WILL WE LEARN?
By conducting this exciting technology development program, we will gain vital knowledge for future deep space missions:
Development of a laser beam system for space;
Gain first-hand experience of developing, testing, and ejecting a ChipSat with sail in space;
First experience for targeting and propelling a laser sail in space.
I4IS would be able to put itself to the front of current laser propulsion and ChipSat research and could increase its chance to participate in further, larger projects funded by other parties. This will be an important step towards achieving of mission to “foster technical capabilities that will enable the construction and launch of interstellar spacecraft.”
You will support and be involved with the development of a technology that is considered the key to enabling interstellar travel long-term and fast interplanetary transportation near-term that may determine the future of humanity in space.
You will enable the achievement of several inspirational “Firsts” that will go down in the history of spaceflight as achievements that changed the future trajectory of our species:
First laser sail mission
Smallest laser / solar sail spacecraft
Smallest spacecraft ever launched into space (1cm² ChipSat)
You will receive one of several rewards as an affiliate team member
We are very excited to gather your support for this visionary project that will take humanity to the stars! Once this project is completed, we plan to move forwards towards a larger project called Dragonfly which will take our robotic probes to the edge of the Solar System and beyond.
JOIN US – BE A PART OF OUR TEAM AND MAKE LASER-SAIL PROPULSION HAPPEN
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