Sunday, April 12, 2009

Friedwardt Winterberg, Starship Designer

The Next Big Future points to, and comments on, Centauri Dreams' interview with physicist Friedwardt Winterberg. The post has several other links for those who want to dig deeper, and those links lead to more links, and so on. Too much info to assemble a summary, so I'll just add a teaser:
Imagine frozen pellets of deuterium and helium-3 being ignited by electron beams to produce fusion, all this occurring in a combustion chamber fully 330 feet in diameter. Such was one early concept for Project Daedalus, the British Interplanetary Society’s starship design that would evolve into a two-stage mission with an engine burn — for each stage — of two years, driving an instrumented payload to Barnard’s Star at twelve percent of the speed of light.