DailyDirt: Interstellar Travel -- 'To Boldly Go Where No One Has Gone Before'

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If only interstellar travel were as easy as it is depicted in movies and TV shows like Star Trek... While we won't be traveling beyond our solar system anytime soon, there are already plenty of efforts underway to develop the technologies needed to make interstellar travel a reality. Here are a few examples. If you'd like to read more awesome and interesting stuff, check out this unrelated (but not entirely random!) Techdirt post.


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    Anonymous Coward, Sep 18th, 2012 @ 5:19pm

    to go boldly where no MAN has gone before....

    Having 100-year plans sounds insanely impossible given the failure of most 5-year plans.......

     

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      Violated (profile), Sep 19th, 2012 @ 6:55am

      Re: to go boldly where no MAN has gone before....

      It is not a plan as such but a group of people who want the same goal and donations from people who believe in the same goal and want to help. This is largely removed from the whim of politics who tend to be good at killing plans and wasting money.

      So it is just intelligent people who have an idea what technology we need and then to use the donations to fund advances in those directions. Then using this new technology they can make profit and obtain further funds to meet their goals.

      This point of all this is that getting to another star system is possible even if extremely hard. It is all physics and time/distance for the power needed along with systems to last the trip. If we don't believe it is possible, if we don't aim to achieve this goal, then we simply will never ever get there.

      So all about going and doing it. Human civilization won't last forever and who knows what the future holds.

       

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    AG Wright (profile), Sep 18th, 2012 @ 5:33pm

    "where no one has gone before"

    Only if there are no aliens there. If there are aliens there then they have already been there.

     

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      Anonymous Coward, Sep 18th, 2012 @ 5:39pm

      Re: "where no one has gone before"

      If they are aliens then they are not human.
      If they are not human then they can not be counted as human.
      Thus the phrase "where no one" referring to humans is correct.

      Of course all logic fails if you are political correct and believe that robots are human.

       

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      Anonymous Coward, Sep 18th, 2012 @ 5:44pm

      Re: "where no one has gone before"

      what if 2 people go ?

      and everyone knows all you need is some dilithium crystals.

      and lots of hydrogen dioxide,, gotta have that !!

       

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    KSK, Sep 18th, 2012 @ 5:42pm

    Attention! This is the Kantner-Slick Kollective. We will hijack the starship and strike a blow against the empire. The day is on its way. The day is ours!

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Sep 18th, 2012 @ 6:24pm

    I find it interesting that your post doesn't include the latest piece of news that indicates it's actually possible to have interstellar travel much soon than you imply.

    http://news.discovery.com/space/warp-drive-possible-nasa-tests-100yss-120917.html

     

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      Violated (profile), Sep 19th, 2012 @ 6:37am

      Re:

      Scientists tend to say a lot of things.

      When they get their exotic matter and massive power coming out of a small box then we will give them the Noble prize for 50 years in a row... but not until then.

       

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        John Fenderson (profile), Sep 19th, 2012 @ 11:04am

        Re: Re:

        Science writers tend to say a lot of things.

        Scientists tend to be very careful about what they say, but the journalists reporting on them tend to paraphrase and select quotes in ways that make it sound like scientists have said something more radical or surprising than what they actually said.

         

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    Anonymous Coward, Sep 18th, 2012 @ 6:27pm

    I actually meant this article which states we could achieve interstellar travel with only the power used by the Voyager 1 spacecraft.

    http://www.space.com/17628-warp-drive-possible-interstellar-spaceflight.html

     

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      Anonymous Coward, Sep 18th, 2012 @ 6:44pm

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      you are severely confused about the "power of the voyager probe". it means the mass of the probe converted to pure energy... its still an astronomical amount of energy to attain.

       

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        Zos (profile), Sep 19th, 2012 @ 1:18am

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        i've been waiting for mention of that one to pop up the last couple days too. astronomical sure, but if they get even a proof of concept it's a heck of a lot better than prospects looked before.

         

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    Violated (profile), Sep 19th, 2012 @ 6:28am

    500 is the idiot plan

    You don't need to send 500 people to another star system.

    What you need is human eggs and sperms which can be frozen for as long as you what. No oxygen use, no food or water needed, and only little power use.

    Then about 12 to 17 years away from exoplanet landing it is best to create 20 females (2 are spare). Oxygen, food, water and a robotic education then needed.

    These 20 females once landed create a farm and crops. Most important is that each female is made pregnant as many times as possible with boys and girls. Some of the women work on the farm and others do young child care.

    As the children get to schooling age they get a robotic education system to educate them into needed jobs. Extra buildings, mining, electronics, factory work and more.

    In about 20 years on the planet you should have around 250 citizens in a small town. Then as they are encouraged into marriage and banging away hard it is time for the robotic education system to work out what other job types are needed such as Nuclear Power engineers for power plants.

    Then as they slowly spread over the planet's surface your job is done and they can now look after themselves. So all it took was some genetic donations from some healthy people back on Earth.

    Obviously there would be a lot of technology needed and it would not be an easy life for those first 20 women. Still if they fail then your system can just make another 20.

     

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    Josh (profile), Sep 19th, 2012 @ 10:08am

    Is it just me or does Icarus Interstellar sound a lot like Project Arcturus? I'd prefer they run those tests a few lightyears away.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Sep 19th, 2012 @ 3:16pm

    No Nicki Minaj references?

     

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