Technical Note: Creating Materials for the Starship

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D. Weiss (2015), JBIS, 68, pp.211-213

Refcode: 2015.68.211
Keywords: Composites, High-Strength Materials, Nano-Reinforcement, X-Prize, Newmatter

The future worlds of science fiction are built on advanced and sometimes fantastical materials and technologies. Star Trek's first starship Enterprise was built in the 2130s, a little more than one hundred years in our future. Can material science and advanced manufacturing methods turn fiction into fact? Can we accelerate development of strong materials at an acceptable cost? What are the most reasonable approached to advanced material development? This paper explores these questions in light of the current research and development and manufacturing environment.

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