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Mission Concepts: Bound Orbits around Other Stars

18 Apr 2017, 16:30 UTC
Mission Concepts: Bound Orbits around Other Stars Digitized Sky Survey 2 Acknowledgement: Davide De Martin/Mahdi Zamani
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Can we use a laser array to get a fast probe to another star? Breakthrough Starshot relies upon the notion, which was first advanced by Robert Forward all the way back in 1962, and subsequently considered by George Marx in 1966, along with hosts of researchers since. With beamed energy we leave the propellant behind, but as we’ve seen in our discussions of deceleration, there remains the problem of slowing down at the target. Breakthrough Starshot assumes a flyby, but the paper we looked at yesterday works out strategies for braking into orbit at the target star. Or more accurately, at the target stars, for multiple systems are assumed.

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