DARPA Funds First Starship Development
Holy shit that is awesome!
It is no longer science fiction. There are plans now, official ones, to build a star ship to allow for humans to achieve interstellar travel. It might take awhile and some of us might not be alive to see it but it is happening.
Read more about the 100YSS plans here
DARPA funds 100 Year Starship to develop human interstellar flight capabilities
Voyager 1, which is now in the outermost layer of the heliosphere that forms the boundary between the Solar System and interstellar space, is set to be the first man-made object to leave the Solar System. It has taken the car-sized probe over 35 years to reach its current point, but at its current speed of about 3.6 AU (334,640,905 miles) per year it would take over 75,000 years to reach our nearest star, Proxima Centauri. Despite the mind-boggling distances involved, DARPA has just awarded funding to form an organization whose aim is to make human interstellar travel a reality within the next century.
DARPA awarded US$500,000 in seed funding to the Dorothy Jemison Foundation for Excellence to form 100 Year Starship (100YSS), an independent, non-governmental initiative that will call on experts from a variety of fields (artists and entertainers will get a say alongside scientists, engineers and others) to develop the capabilities for human interstellar flight “as soon as possible, and definitely within the next 100 years.”
read more over at gizmag.com