Wednesday, 18 July 2012

VARIES project proposes antimatter starship mission


As Douglas Adams said, “Space is Big. Really Big." And that’s the major obstacle for travelling between the stars. But a new proposal published in the Journal of the British Interplanetary Society promises to shrink that distance just a bit. Physics and technology consultant Richard Obousy claims that an antimatter starship that creates its own fuel from the vacuum of space itself would be capable of making a return journey to the nearest star and back within one lifetime... Continue Reading VARIES project proposes antimatter starship mission

3 comments:

Jason said...

Beaming info back rather than returning the ship/probe itself seems, as one of the commenters notes, both faster and more cost-effective.

I'm curious about the logic of taking massive solar panels along on the trip. Why not just double the magnetic bottles and take more anti-matter? Though if the ship is an unmanned probe then there's no need to get it back at all.

Cambias said...

I don't wish to sound mean, but some of the comments on your article are dumb enough to make my hair hurt. I can't even figure out what the first person is trying to say.

jayessell said...

If it can make antimatter out of nothing, don't send it away, put it in Lunar orbit, collect the antimatter for fuel.

But...
This sounds suspisciously like powering a refrigerator with Maxwell's Deamons.