The 100 Year Starship (100YSS) is a joint U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency - National Aeronautics and Space Administration grant project to a private entity in order to work toward achieving interstellar travel. The aim of the project, announced in January 2012, is to work toward achieving interstellar travel within the next 100 years.
Imagine we merely wanted to launch a small, 11-ton probe that took 75 years to get to our closest star, Alpha Centauri. That’s only about four light-years away. A fairly modest goal. Regardless of what type of propulsion technology is used, that probe would need a jaw-dropping amount of power just to accelerate out to Alpha Centauri and then decelerate once it gets there. (This is based on the kinetic energy of the probe — by Millis’s calculations it would take, at absolute minimum, 8.1 x 10^16 Watts of power.)
And humans don’t exactly have that energy just lying around. For the past three decades, the total energy produced by the world has grown at a modest pace — around 1.9 percent per year. And humans have devoted just a tiny fraction of that to spaceflight. Unless either of those trends changes radically, Millis calculates, we won’t have the energy needed to launch an Alpha Centauri probe until sometime around the year 2463, at the earliest.
The technological singularity occurs as artificial intelligences surpass human beings as the smartest and most capable life forms on the Earth. Technological development is taken over by the machines, who can think, act and communicate so quickly that normal humans cannot even comprehend what is going on. The machines enter into a "runaway reaction" of self-improvement cycles, with each new generation of A.I.s appearing faster and faster. From this point onwards, technological advancement is explosive, under the control of the machines, and thus cannot be accurately predicted (hence the term "Singularity")
Originally posted by mayki
reply to post by Diablos
I think we can achieve it, with or without UFO technology.
It's hard to imagine the progress we'll achieve in the next 100 years, let alone the next few centuries.
We progress exponentially and once we hit the "singularity" it's relatively impossible to predict what happens next. Ray Kurzweil expects the singularity to happen mid-century.
Originally posted by CirqueDeTruth
Just a thought... Has it occurred to anyone that we might not be welcome? We have our space and it's called Earth. Far as I can tell, other than sending out robotics into the universe, we haven't left Earth's low orbit since the 70's. Perhaps there is a reason for that. For all we know, we're grounded, by powers far more advanced than ourselves.
Is there any other way it should be?
Originally posted by Druscilla
I think this is rather nice that the subject is being explored.
Originally posted by DruscillaThere's also other theoretical propulsion systems that aren't as viable for interplanetary travel as they would be for System to System Interstellar travel like Bussard Ramjet.
Originally posted by freemarketsocialist
I love how billionaires are able to steal our tax money to fund their schemes. They take 'grants' and use that money to exploit us. It ludicrous.
I say let the billionaires fund this fantasy themselves. People are homeless and they are stealing taxpayer money for this stuff?edit on 30-8-2012 by freemarketsocialist because: (no reason given)
A systems and electrical engineer who goes by BTE-Dan says we should build the USS Starship Enterprise and claims we can do it -- today.
Nancy Atkinson of space and astronomy news site Universe Today picked up on a website launched by BTE-Dan on May 7, which provides a thorough overview of how the U.S. could build the Starship Enterprise in just twenty years.
His site includes layouts of the proposed ship's size and specs, potential missions it could undertake, a schedule outlining its development and even a backup plan should the ship's creation be thrown off schedule.
According to the site, the USS Starship Enterprise would be able to reach Mars in just 90 days. Compare the Enterprise's travel time to that of the last rover NASA sent to Mars: The Curiosity was launched last November and is scheduled to land in August, nine months after it was sent off.
Originally posted by gort51
We have only JUST found out, that the Mars probe uses a Nuclear Battery..not solar panels, and does not need charging.....So where did that tech come from?
....And what a perfect way to power your EMP motors.
I bet they already have Battery tech that is far beyond what is commercially available to "people".