The 34 Year Starship

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J. Nosanov; A. Shapiro; H. Garrett (2012), JBIS, 65, 310-319

Refcode: 2012.65.310
Keywords: NASA, JPL, Caltech, MIT, Interstellar, Reliability, Extreme, Long life, Voyager, Pioneer, Golden Record INTRODUCTION & ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS

In 1974, the designers and leadership of a mission then known as ``Mariner Jupiter Saturn 1977'' decided that the name was a mouthful. They briefly deliberated and decided to rename it ``Voyager'' [1]. Similarly, we believe that ``DARPA 100 Year Starship'' is unnecessarily verbose. We propose to call it ``Enterprise.'' Among the many challenges facing such a mission is that of earning public support - we should let half a century of Hollywood storytelling do that for us. This paper is composed of four parts. Part 1 will discuss the parallels between the Voyager program and a future Enterprise program. Part 2 will go into greater detail regarding the Voyager program and the challenges and opportunities that defined it. Part 3 will discuss some of the major technical challenges for Voyager and Enterprise in greater detail. Part 4 will discuss next steps and various strategies to meet DARPA's challenge of sustainable industry-funded research into interstellar flight.


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