Starwisp - An ultra-light interstellar probe

  title={Starwisp - An ultra-light interstellar probe},
  author={R. Forward},
  journal={Journal of Spacecraft and Rockets},
  • R. Forward
  • Published 1985
  • Physics
  • Journal of Spacecraft and Rockets
  • Starwisp is an interstellar flyby probe of wire mesh sail with microcircuits at each intersection. It is pushed by beamed microwaves at high acceleration and reaches a coast velocity near light speed while still close to the transmilting antenna. Upon arrival at the target star, the transmitter floods the star system with microwave energy. Using the wires as microwave antennas, the microcircuits collect energy to power their optical detectors and logic circuits to form images of the planets in… CONTINUE READING
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