posted on Sep, 3 2012 @ 12:09 AM
This is so far beyond our current day science that it's SF, whether the author of this article wants to believe it or not. Fact is, we have no
prototype for this in operation. It's all on paper and not clearly demonstrated. It's like a straw man. We're just not capable right now of knowing
yet. We're kind of like pre-copernican star watchers contemplating the makeup of the local universe.
But you know, we have thousands of years to find out. You do believe we'll be here in a thousand years, right? I think we will be. Maybe not on earth
or just on earth, but we'll be somewhere.
Look at this, it's an article about sailing to the nearest star in less than 7000 years:
news.discovery.com - Are Solar Sails the Future of Space
Of course, that also means the craft would require 7,000 years to reach the nearest star -- but that's if the sails depended on current technology.
Matloff believes a 50-nanometer beryllium sail, built in space, could potentially make an interstellar voyage in as little as 2,000 years. Go lighter
than that, via perforated sails or lighter metamaterials, and potential speeds increase.
"There are materials coming online like carbon nanotubes and graphenes, and these may allow you to cut the mass of the sail even more," Matloff says.
"So, I think we'll be able to do to a lot better than 2,000 years to the nearest star. Will we get below 1,000 years? Maybe. Will we get down to a
couple hundred? Well then I have my doubts, but that’s my own personal feeling."
Hate to say it, but we're not the climax of human endeavour. We're just one generation in a long series of generations that will span thousands and
millions of years.
Star watchers 500 years ago at least were contemplating other earths around other stars. Giordana Bruno was one of them. And if they were able to
imagine other earths around other stars, they probably wondered how we would one day travel to them. And they did all this long ago.
3-9-2012 by jonnywhite because: (no reason given)