INTERSTELLAR FLIGHT



Crossing the vast spaces between the stars has been a dream of many visionaries ever since the human race learned that those distant specks of light in the nighttime sky are other suns. However, reaching across the immense depths of light years to even the nearby stars presents one of the greatest challenges humanity will ever face, technological or otherwise.

This section discusses slower-than-light technologies. Faster than light (FTL) schemes will be discussed in their own section.


GENERATION SHIPS
Artificial worlds coasting between the stars.
SLEEPER SHIPS
Hibernating across the light years.
LORENTZ PROPULSION MICROPROBES
Dusting space with thousands of tiny sensors.
SEED SHIPS
Colonizing worlds with frozen zygotes and robotic caregivers.
STEPPING STONE
COLONIZATION

From the Kuiper Belt to the Oort Cloud and beyond.
SELF-REPLICATING PROBES
Multi-generation interstellar explorers
INTERSTELLAR SHIELDING
Practicing safe star travel
INTERSTELLAR CYCLERS
Circling between star systems.
NUCLEAR PULSE DRIVES
A GOOD use for nuclear bombs
ANTIMATTER ROCKETS
Using the ultimate rocket fuel.
LIGHT SAILS
Sailing to the stars on a beam of light
BUSSARD RAMJET
Unlimited fuel for near light speed.
PHOTON DRIVES
Using advanced gamma ray mirrors.
GRAVITIC DRIVES
Manipulating gravity for propulsion.
GUT DRIVES
Mining the vacuum for unlimited energy.
TELEPORT DRIVES
A million quantum jumps a second

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