I will add some stuff about the story The Daedalus Souls as soon as I can (too many other things on the go at the moment). In the meantime, would you like to read about the fabulous work going on in the real world that underpins the story?
The Scientific Background
In 1978 the British Interplanetary Society (BIS) published a report on the feasibility of interstellar
travel. Here’s one I bought earlier…
It concluded that it was feasible, albeit using Inertial Confinement Fusion, which is still not working some 40 years later. Oh, and by the way, the spacecraft would weigh 54,000 tonnes, the same as the Forth Bridge in Scotland. Mind you, the second stage would reach 12.2% of the speed of light, which the bridge is not likely to achieve.
There are some beautiful artists impressions of the Daedalus vehicle online, particularly by Adrian Man at his website.
Forty years on “Project Icarus is a theoretical design study with the aim of designing a credible interstellar probe that will serve as a concept design for a potential unmanned mission that could be launched before the end of the 21st century. Icarus will utilise fusion based engine technology, which would accelerate the spacecraft to approximately 10% to 20% the speed of light. The project is a five-year design study that began on the 30th September 2009.”
I am grateful to members of the Icarus team for their help, answering my dumb questions (it’s a long time since I studied Astronautics as an undergraduate) and contributing artwork, which I hope to share with you soon.
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