Sizing-Up the Daedalus Interstellar Spacecraft
Project Daedalus was an ambitious 5-year study carried out in the 1970s by the British Interplanetary Society (BIS).
Its main objective was to research the viability of building the first spaceship that would make the trek to the nearby Barnard's Star, some six light-years from Earth.
Traveling to another star requires lots of energy. This in turn requires novel propulsion techniques and lots of fuel.
"Daedalus was to be a two stage spacecraft, with stage one carrying 46,000 tonnes of fuel and stage two carrying 4000 tonnes," says Richard Obousy, Tau Zero Foundation member and Project Icarus leader, in the Discovery News article "Project Daedalus: A Plan for an Interstellar Mission."
Want to know what the Daedalus concept looks like? Browse this exclusive Discovery News slide show to compare this groundbreaking project with other man made structures...