[justify]Program called “100 Year Starship” was initiated by the research agency which is incorporated into the Pentagon. It assumes a plan that will allow humanity over the next century to go on a long journey into space. And it’s not a trip to Mars, it is definitely too close.[/justify]
[justify]The program came forward 150 candidates from the public and are reportedly among them familiar names. Interest in the project include Craig Venter, a millionaire, as well as the scientist, whose team was the first able to resolve a particular human genome map, and now is working on artificial life, and alternative fuels. Winner of the “100 Year Starship” will receive a half million dollars. This money will provide initial capital for the development of the idea. In total, the agency plans to spend on this project, a million dollars. About this, whose idea was the best, we will see in November at a special conference to be held in Orlando, Florida. Before the participants is a difficult task, because it is not enough to develop a new type of drive. Distances us from the nearest stars are enormous, it remains so many other factors that must be taken into account when planning such a trip. To solve the problem remains, inter alia, the impact of long-distance space travel on human health, tudzie develop drugs that will be able to retain all its properties, no matter how long it will stay in space.
More information: DARPA’s 100-year Starship Study: http://www.100yss.org[/justify]
Hi McNet, Just want to share the best information of installer travel. Okay let begin, as we know DARPA/NASA/ESA is to use their resources start building the Icarus fusion engine. Using all that SDI research to build a very powerful laser to see and how fast they can blast. I believe you all know NASA website NASAs http://www.nasa.gov/centers/ames/home/index.html [justify]is the frontrunner for the space agency in this project and they are looking to recruit people from ALL fields of expertise stretching from Botanists to Geneticists. As much as it is interesting to learn more about NASAs interest it is far more interesting to read what DARPA is cooking up for this modern Ark. I will share with you some specifics in the document. First here is a paragraph discussing the basic idea of this project.
The following are some of the reasons for this interstellar expedition.[/justify]
[justify] Human survival: ideas related to creating a legacy for the human species, backing up the Earths biosphere, and enabling long-term survival in the face of catastrophic disasters on Earth.
Contact with other life: finding answers to whether there is other life in the universe, whether intelligent life exists elsewhere in the galaxy, and at a basic level, whether we are alone in the universe.
Evolution of the human species: exploration as a human imperative, expansion of human understanding and consciousness through space exploration.
Scientific discovery: breakthroughs in scientific understanding of the natural universe, a pursuit for knowledge.
Belief and faith: a search for God or the Divine, a need to explore beyond Earths atmosphere as a part of natural theology or as found through religious revelation.[/justify]
[justify]There is even discussion of Terra-forming a new planet as part of this project. Only reasonable explanation for that is to colonize MORE planets. Believe it or not US governments Secret Space program (future report) does and has existed for quite sometime. The Space Shuttle Astronauts are miniscule compared to what Above Top Secret government projects already have in space and on some of the closer planets and moons.[/justify]
The idea of making new Earths for colonizing is included in the report I found and it even includes a preliminary timeline.
- In less than five years:
o Prove other Earths exist
o Social involvement to create a world view of hope
o Blockbuster movie (grossing more than $500M) that provokes public involvement and imagination
o 100-Year Starship organization: create a credible organization plan, pursue endorsements
o 100-Year Starship organization: 100 high-profile supporters of the 100-Year Starship goals in a public advertisement
- In less than ten years:
o Land humans on Mars
o Communication via quantum entanglement (faster-than-light communication)
o Generation of life from computer code, without cellular systems
o Development of ability to sink carbon (i.e., green or recycling efforts) on Earth faster than were creating it (with implications for terraforming other rocky planets or moons)
- In less than 20 years:
o Image of another close Earth
o Telepresent probe on the surface of Europa
o Capability to discover non-Earth-based life
- In less than 25 years:
o Bounce a signal off an exoplanet
- In less than 30 years:
o Non-propellant satellite to Oort Cloud
There is more, much more in the document so have a look at it along with a few others.
[center]DARPA and NASA say “The world is not enough…”[/center]
[justify]Theyve held a symposium, put out an official Request for Information (RFI) looking for ideas about how a long-term human mission to boldly go out to the stars could possibly happen, they have an official website.
It appears they are serious about this.
However, contrary to what the title of the project might suggest, its not so much about actually building a starship that could accomplish such a long distance journey, but more about solving all the various technical, medical, sociological and economic problems; so that one day perhaps in a 100 years or so we actually could build one and humanity could head for the stars.
Ultimately though, the broader challenge for such a project would in fact be to launch a new breed of pilgrim on a journey that would span many lifetimes. The biggest initial problem to solve is coming to terms with an acceptable propulsion system. That will determine the time span and all other mission specifications. But, we are not likely to invent a “warp drive” anytime in the next few centuries. Sorry Star Trek fans.[/justify]
[justify]So we won’t be approaching anything like light-speed in the foreseeable future. The closest warp speed number might be more like Warp Factor 001. Theoretically, a warp drive might be possible Alcubierre drive in the distant future, but we would need to also invent technologies far advanced of anything we can currently foresee.
Thus, the closest star, at 4.2 light years away from Earth (a distance of 4.2 years at a speed of 186,000 miles/sec), might be reachable in a few hundred years. Even at a terrific one 10th of light-speed (18,600 miles/sec), it would take nearly a century to bridge interstellar space to the closest star system beyond our Sun.[/justify]
[justify]In fact, we already have two unmanned starships (Voyager 1 and 2 both launched in 1977), already well on their way to entering interstellar space and soon they will be reporting back, for the first time in human history, what lies beyond the heliosphere. That is the bubble of space surrounding our solar system, still influenced by particles from our sun’s solar wind and magnetic field.[/justify]
[justify]Both Voyager spacecraft are now traveling at speeds over 3 AU per year, nearly 280 million miles/year (1AU=distance from the Earth to the Sun), or roughly 53 miles/sec in their sprint to cross into the interstellar medium. Voyager 1 is estimated to pass out of the heliosphere anytime between now and 2014. But they are not currently being driven by any propulsion system.[/justify]
[justify]A manned starship would no doubt continue to accelerate, achieving many times the velocity of either Voyager spacecraft. Assuming we could even achieve a 10th of light speed in a manned starship, we would also need to begin decelerating at some point in the journey. That will also add time.[/justify]
[center]Straight from DARPA-
[justify]It truly is an amazing and beautiful Universe but it is not ours to destroy. Humans dont exactly have the best track record when it comes to moving into new territory. The Universe must be treated with respect in the same way Earth does and all fellow Humans.[/justify]
[justify]So at the very least, with our highest hope for speed over distance to another star, humans would need to last almost 200 years to fulfill the dream of reaching another potential exoplanetary system, realizing the hope of finding another habitable Earth-like planet.[/justify]