Starship 100 boarding now

Ken Craggs’s site is not live feeding and he wished to know what people thought of this project and the idea behind it.   Without further ado:

The 100 year starship project aims to make human travel beyond our solar system a reality by the year 2112 and is dedicated to identifying and pushing the radical leaps in knowledge and technology needed to achieve interstellar flight.

A way has been found to coax photons into binding together to form molecules — a state of matter that, until recently, had been purely theoretical. The coherent interactions between individual photons may enable a wide variety of scientific and engineering applications.

It is now possible to construct a digital photograph of a photon, which might be useful to scientists researching synthetic molecules, in order to produce synthetic photons that could be digitally/electronically controlled.

Here is an article about synthetic biology regarding the digital genome – 

“This cell’s lineage is the computer, it’s not any other genetic code”. If digital molecules can be produced, then producing digital photons might also be possible.

Could the outer shell/layer(s) of a starship be made out of photons and/or synthetic photons? And would a solid mass of photons the size of a starship be able to travel at or close to the speed of light?

On another note, robots could possibly be constructed that are capable of using the technology and techniques needed to produce test tube humans incubated in artificial wombs.

Robots might also bottle feed, nappy change, and nurture the first generation of humans on exoplanet(s).

Not all exoplanets will be suitable for human habitation. Such planets, however, could be suitable locations for robots to use 3D printers to construct telecommunication masts, which would be erected by robots to connect the Interplanetary Internet. Robots could also erect structures such as accommodation for humans.

The Milky Way Galaxy is about 100,000 light years across and 1,000 light years deep. The Sagittarius Dwarf Elliptical Galaxy is about 75,000 light years from the Milky Way galaxy. While M81 and M82 are also nearbygalaxies that are about 12 million light years away.

Even if a starship could travel at the speed of light, it could take tens of thousands or even millions of earth years to travel to other galaxies. Robots could possibly survive such a long journey and produce test tube humans when they get to a planet suitable for human habitation.

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5 responses to “Starship 100 boarding now

  1. Someone need to read ‘Assemblers of Infinity’ by Anderson & Beason, a SF story that looks at this, albeit from the viewpoint of them coming to Earth – the moon actually.

  2. Cheers, shall look.

  3. Ivan

    I’ve just read some previews of ‘Assemblers of Infinity’ which is the book you suggest, and it is not about constructing a starship that can travel at or faster than the speed of light.

    Voyager 1 is the fastest interstellar spacecraft launched from earth and is currently travelling at a speed of approximately 36,000 mph. At that speed, Voyager 1 will take about 40,000 earth years to reach the edge of our solar system, and another 30,000+ earth years to reach the nearest star system Alpha Centauri.
    http://voyager.jpl.nasa.gov/mission/didyouknow.html
    http://100yss.org/mission/challenges
    http://bit.ly/1iOQDyq

    ‘Assemblers of Infinity’ also doesn’t go into how humans might be able to survive and colonise habitable exoplanets if the journey to the nearest exoplanet(s) could possibly take centuries or millennia.

    Ivan, how would you suggest getting microscopic living machines to travel to far away exoplanets within decades or centuries, rather than take thousands of years to travel the distance?

    Here is my blogpost: ‘Interstellar and Intergalactic Space Flight’
    http://kencraggs.livejournal.com/4585.html