Inter-stellar Propulsion: The Need for Speed

by William R. Claycomb, Sandia Natl Lab, Albuquerque, United States,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Engineering, Construction, and Operations in Space IV


Interstellar travel is certainly one of mankind's next step to reach for the stars. Four ideas for interstellar propulsion are discussed in this paper: the Orion Project, Deep Space Ramjets, Antimatter propulsion, and Solar Sailing. Also discussed are the effects of short-range and long-range interstellar missions on the ship's crew.

Subject Headings: Space exploration | Aircraft and spacecraft | Project management | Flight | Ships | Astronomy | Solar radiation | Travel modes

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