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#1    Saru

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Posted 06 September 2012 - 10:37 AM

The 100 Year Starship Project is aimed at developing interstellar space flight within the next century.

Discovery News said:

The light-years between the stars is vast -- a seemingly insurmountable quarantine that cuts our solar system off from the rest of the galaxy. But to a growing number of interstellar enthusiasts -- and a former U. S. president -- interstellar distances may not be as insurmountable as they seem.

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Posted 06 September 2012 - 11:05 AM

Cool! I hope science learns how to counter aging in my lifetime so I can be around for interstellar travel.

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Posted 06 September 2012 - 12:35 PM

It is about time. I would have thought that this type of think tank had been established decades ago. Now is better than later, especially with the discovery of many rocky planets within the habitable zones of stars, providing that the planets have suitable conditions for human colonization. Here's hoping that this think tank makes great strides.


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Posted 06 September 2012 - 01:38 PM

Oh man, wish I could go.  The ultimate science trip for me. If I had know about it last year I might have been able to make it. I got a buddy in Houston I could've stayed with.

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Posted 06 September 2012 - 02:46 PM

Until we can do a few other things such as permanent bases on the moon or orbital drydocks, mining other planets and asteroids for materials...the list really goes on and on, I just don't see the point.  But I guess contemplating how we will do it can't hurt.  Although if you go to youtube and and search for talks by phsicists on this very subject you'll see that paying a think tank to work on this is a waste since so many great minds have already thought long and hard on this one.


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Posted 06 September 2012 - 08:00 PM

Wish they would put together a think tank to sort THIS planet out before worrying about going to others. Complete waste of brain power and resources.


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Posted 06 September 2012 - 10:38 PM

Well its just a bunch of "Big Kids" fantasizing,because until we develop "Warp" drive, we aint going anywhere outside our own solar system, not even in a hundred yrs time.

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Posted 06 September 2012 - 10:41 PM

It's about time.


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Posted 07 September 2012 - 12:28 AM

What about heim's theory? This one travels faster than light! See link below:
http://www.hpcc-spac..._Propulsion.pdf

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Posted 07 September 2012 - 01:22 AM

Lets Get IT On ! :tu:

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Posted 07 September 2012 - 01:46 AM

Awesome news with space finally! I would love for this topic to be taken seriously, I actually really wish this was the goal of our whole planet, with countries pumping money into the exploration of space.


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Posted 07 September 2012 - 03:55 AM

We can do interstellar travel now, if we wanted to. It is only a matter of how long it will take to get there. The nearest star with a known planet I think is like 10 light years away, so with a constant accelleation nuclear ion drive (which we could build today), it would probably take like 300 or more years to get there. (Maybe someone has better numbers?) So... most people consider that to be too long. It would take what is called a Generational Ship, with a breeding population on board and education to teach the new generations to take over for the older ones.

But, it is well within what humans could do today, and in my opinion we should be doing it already.

I do agree though that first we should put resources toward fixing the world we have, so that we can afford to fund and support such a project.

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Posted 07 September 2012 - 09:51 AM

10years is the nearest star? tsk2x what a long journey!!
i think we need teleportation now!!


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Posted 07 September 2012 - 03:57 PM

View Postnohands, on 07 September 2012 - 09:51 AM, said:

10years is the nearest star? tsk2x what a long journey!!
i think we need teleportation now!!
  I would guess that you have to have "ports" at each end,so we should tell the guys at the other end to start building one so we can visit

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Posted 07 September 2012 - 09:09 PM

View Postspud the mackem, on 07 September 2012 - 03:57 PM, said:

I would guess that you have to have "ports" at each end,so we should tell the guys at the other end to start building one so we can visit
And to also rewrite physics as it is currently known.

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