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Energy, incessant obsolescence, and the first interstellar missions

@article{Millis2011EnergyIO,
  title={Energy, incessant obsolescence, and the first interstellar missions},
  author={Marc G. Millis},
  journal={arXiv: General Physics},
  year={2011}
}
  • M. G. Millis
  • Published 5 January 2011
  • Physics
  • arXiv: General Physics
Projections for the earliest interstellar mission possibilities are calculated based on 27 years of data on historic energy trends, societal priorities, required mission energy, and the implications of the Incessant Obsolescence Postulate (Where newer probes pass prior probes). Two sample missions are considered: launching a minimal colony ship where destination is irrelevant, and sending a minimal probe to Alpha Centauri with a 75 year mission duration. The colony ship is assumed to have a… 
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