Starship Enterprise

DARPA awarded US$500,000 funding to the Dorothy Jemison Foundation for Excellence to form 100 Year Starship (100YSS). The goal is to ensure that the capability for human interstellar travel exists within the next 100 years.  Image credit: Wikimedia

100 YSS will be an independent, non-governmental initiative that will organize experts from a variety of fields (engineers, scientists, and artists alongside) to examine the capabilities for human interstellar flight.

The star ship may not look like the starship Enterprise, but the project is possible within the next century.

“Yes, it can be done. Our current technology arc is sufficient,” Jemison said.

With to day technology’s speed of about 3.6 AU (334,640,905 miles) per year, it would take us 75,000 years to reach our nearest star, Proxima Centauri, a red dwarf star about 4.2 light-years (4.0×1013 km) distant in the constellation of Centaurus.

via popsci