Atlantic article on Project Icarus:  Planning mankind's first interstellar voyage

Project Icarus: Laying the Plans for Interstellar Travel

Atlantic article on Project Icarus: Planning mankind's first interstellar voyage

Space illustrator Adrian Mann created these concept images of futuristic nuclear-powered interstellar starships, including Daedalus and Project Icarus.

Space illustrator Adrian Mann created these concept images of futuristic nuclear-powered interstellar starships, including Daedalus and Project Icarus.

NASA's Project ICARUS (part of its "The 100 Year Starship Study") - laying the plans for Interstellar Travel.

Project Icarus: Laying the Plans for Interstellar Travel

NASA's Project ICARUS (part of its "The 100 Year Starship Study") - laying the plans for Interstellar Travel.

Icarus    Through experimentation with cutting paper to create a three dimensional form for a light, we discovered a structure with overlapping feather shapes that resembled a swan's wing. We made the form a-symmetrical to emphasise this and to make it very dynamic. As the light appears as a wing circling a light, the name Icarus seemed an appropriate reference.

Icarus Through experimentation with cutting paper to create a three dimensional form for a light, we discovered a structure with overlapping feather shapes that resembled a swan's wing. We made the form a-symmetrical to emphasise this and to make it very dynamic. As the light appears as a wing circling a light, the name Icarus seemed an appropriate reference.

Project Icarus will make interstellar travel possible via @The Atlantic

Project Icarus: Laying the Plans for Interstellar Travel

Project Icarus will make interstellar travel possible via @The Atlantic

Spaceships of the Future  Credit: Adrian Mann, Hungary-based space illustrator Adrian Mann is a graphical engineer for Project Icarus, an effort to research the possibilities for interstellar travel.

Spaceships of the Future Credit: Adrian Mann, Hungary-based space illustrator Adrian Mann is a graphical engineer for Project Icarus, an effort to research the possibilities for interstellar travel.

Top Exoplanets for Alien Life-Project Icarus - trying a star that has already shown itself to nurture planets -- even if they're not the kind you're looking for -- could be a promising strategy. Project Icarus, an ambitious five-year study into launching an unmanned spacecraft to an interstellar destination, has identified two stars located within 15 light-years that might fit the bill: "epsilon Eridani, a single K star 10.5 light-years away, and the red dwarf GJ 674, 14.8 light-years away.

Top Exoplanets for Alien Life-Project Icarus - trying a star that has already shown itself to nurture planets -- even if they're not the kind you're looking for -- could be a promising strategy. Project Icarus, an ambitious five-year study into launching an unmanned spacecraft to an interstellar destination, has identified two stars located within 15 light-years that might fit the bill: "epsilon Eridani, a single K star 10.5 light-years away, and the red dwarf GJ 674, 14.8 light-years away.

Icarus ConceptCredit: Adrian MannProject Icarus is currently at a very early stage and no definitive design has been selected – this illustration shows one possible candidate concept for an interstellar spacecraft.

Icarus ConceptCredit: Adrian MannProject Icarus is currently at a very early stage and no definitive design has been selected – this illustration shows one possible candidate concept for an interstellar spacecraft.

Atmospheric photos from Project Icarus

Atmospheric photos from Project Icarus

Project Icarus, an ongoing joint project by the British Interplanetary Society and the Icarus Interstellar organization, an international network of scientists, engineers and enthusiasts who hope to develop the capabilities for interstellar spaceflight by the year 2100.

Interstellar Space Travel: 7 Futuristic Spacecraft To Explore the Cosmos

Project Icarus, an ongoing joint project by the British Interplanetary Society and the Icarus Interstellar organization, an international network of scientists, engineers and enthusiasts who hope to develop the capabilities for interstellar spaceflight by the year 2100.

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