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Project Icarus: Son of Daedalus

Posted: Mon Jun 01, 2009 12:55 pm
by Rick Kwan
It appears that the British Interplanetary Society (BIS) and the Tau Zero Foundation foundation has kicked off a follow-on study to Project Daedelus, which examined a fly-by of Barnard's Star back in the 1970s.

BIS page: ... ge/1964/l/
Tau Zero page:

From the BIS page:
In the 30 years since this landmark study many scientific advances have been made in areas such as extra solar planet detection, communications, computing, fuels for spaceflight, impact shielding, onboard repair, propulsion and nanotechnology. Crucially, physics advances in both inertial and magnetic fusion technology are also progressing quickly.
The actual Icarus name and specific objectives seem to come from the Tau Zero side, specifically the author of that announcement, Kelvin Long.

The comments on the Tau Zero page are at least aware of Dr. Bussard's work. I don't know if anyone recruited for Icarus is lurking in here...