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A Roadmap to Interstellar Flight

@article{Lubin2016ART,
  title={A Roadmap to Interstellar Flight},
  author={Philip Lubin},
  journal={arXiv: Earth and Planetary Astrophysics},
  year={2016}
}
  • P. Lubin
  • Published 5 April 2016
  • Physics
  • arXiv: Earth and Planetary Astrophysics
In the nearly 60 years of spaceflight we have accomplished wonderful feats of exploration that have shown the incredible spirit of the human drive to explore and understand our universe. Yet in those 60 years we have barely left our solar system with the Voyager 1 spacecraft launched in 1977 finally leaving the solar system after 37 years of flight at a speed of 17 km/s or less than 0.006% the speed of light. As remarkable as this is we will never reach even the nearest stars with our current… 
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