To Boldly Go to New Worlds, NASA Announces ’100-Year Starship’
2010-11-08 0:00

By Lee Speigel | AOLNews.com



It might sound like the stuff of science fiction, but a NASA official says that "within a few years" scientists will unveil a prototype for a spaceship capable of taking earthlings to other worlds.

Speaking at a Long Now Foundation conference in San Francisco over the weekend, Simon Worden, center director at NASA’s Ames Research Center in California, said a project is under way called the "Hundred Year Starship."


A NASA official has announced a proposed spaceship that could take earthlings to other worlds within a few years. Pictured, "Star Trek’s" Starship Enterprise. CBS Paramount Television

As reported by news.com.au, the project is, so far, a joint venture between NASA and the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, or DARPA, and looks to utilize new ship propulsion modes.

"Anybody that watches the ["Star Trek"] Enterprise, you know you don’t see huge plumes of fire," Worden, a retired Air Force brigadier general, said at the conference.

"Within a few years, we will see the first true prototype of a spaceship that will take us between worlds."

Worden added that NASA is "now really aimed at settling other worlds. Twenty years ago, you had to whisper that in dark bars and get fired."

So far, the starship project has received $1 million from DARPA and $100,000 from NASA. That’s certainly not enough to make this enterprise (if you will) a reality, and Worden said he’s hoping to entice some billionaires to help fund it.

It’s not exactly warp drive. Worden explained that NASA was looking into the idea of using microwave power from a ground base to heat hydrogen propellants installed on an orbiting spaceship.

"You don’t have to carry all the fuel. You use that energy from a laser or microwave power to heat a propellant. ... I think that’s one way of getting off the world."

But before we spend billions and billions of hard-earned dollars, leaping out where no one has gone before, Worden suggests we first use long-distance robots to explore the planet Mars from its two moons.

"I think we’ll be on the moons of Mars by 2030 or so," Worden said.


Article from: aolnews.com





NASA Explores One Way Space Missions (Hundred Year Starship)

Video from: YouTube.com




Infinity and Beyond: NASA to Develop ’100-Year-Starship’

Video from: YouTube.com







Related Articles
DARPA develops Helmet of Obedience
Darpa’s Self-Aiming "One Shot" Sniper Rifle Scheduled for Next Year
DARPA: Hacking Nature to Create Weapons of the Gods
Science fiction inspires DARPA weapon
Top NASA astronaut discloses shuttle encounter with disc UFO
NASA Cover-Up Evidence!: Altered Image
NASA celebrates the moon by shooting lasers at it


Latest News from our Front Page

Sweden may be at war "in a few years" - top brass in leaked document
2016-02-13 5:24
In a few years Sweden may be engaged in a war with a “qualified opponent” after two centuries of peace, a senior Swedish commander has told soldiers in an internal brochure. The alarming message was reportedly sent by Major General Anders Brännström, the Army chief, in a brochure distributed among the participants of a major annual event that is to open ...
Danish imam urges govt to accept child marriages among refugees
2016-02-13 4:57
A high-profile imam has urged the Danish government to accept child brides, as the practice is part of the culture of many refugees arriving in the country. It follows an announcement by Denmark that such couples will be separated under Danish law. Imam Oussama El-Saadi, of the Aarhus mosque in Denmark, said that child brides should be looked at from a ...
White Parents in Virginia Shutdown White Guilt Video!
2016-02-13 4:56
You see folks? This is what happens when you stop blaming the Joo, and you get the fuck off your favorite bitch corner and start taking action! This is what happens when parents start parenting again! What? You’re gonna brainwash our kids with your filth and lies? We don’t think so. How would you like an empty school with no ...
Hungarian Top Economist: Civil War is Coming to Europe
2016-02-13 2:36
Zsolt Bayer, Hungarian journalist, publicist, and co-founder of Hungary's currently ruling political party, and Dr. László Bogár, former politician and leading economist, discuss the Cologne sexual assualts committed by migrants on New Year's Eve, 2016. This short part of the 60-minute long television program that aired on Echo TV on January 8, 2016, is of a rant by Mr. Bogár warning ...
British scientists granted permission to genetically modify human embryos
2016-02-12 23:48
The Francis Crick institute will genetically edit the leftover embryos from from IVF clinics British scientists have been granted permission to genetically modify human embryos by the fertility regulator. The scientists want to deactivate genes in leftover embryos from IVF clinics to see if it hinders development. It will only be the second time in the world that such a procedure has ...
More News »