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    Interstellar travel: a review for astronomers

    Crawford, Ian (1990) Interstellar travel: a review for astronomers. Quarterly Journal of the Royal Astronomical Society 31 , pp. 377-400. ISSN 0035-8738.

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    A number of proposed methods of rapid (V>0.1c) interstellar travel are discussed, including pulsed fusion and antimatter powered rockets, laser pushed lightsails and interstellar ramjets. Lower velocity worldships are also briefly considered. The scale of the undertaking, from both a technological and an economic perspective, is such that it is unlikely to be realised for several centuries. However, the great increase in astronomical knowledge that will result from a programme of interstellar exploration means that astronomers have a vested interest in the dream becoming a reality.


    Item Type: Article
    School: School of Science > Earth and Planetary Sciences
    Depositing User: Sarah Hall
    Date Deposited: 19 Aug 2019 15:38
    Last Modified: 19 Aug 2019 15:38


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