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Author Long, K. F. (Kelvin F.)

Title Deep space propulsion : a roadmap to interstellar flight / K.F. Long
Published New York, NY : Springer Science+Business Media, LLC, ©2012


Description 1 online resource (xxi, 367 pages) : illustrations (some color)
Contents Foreword -- Preface -- Chapter 1: Reaching for the Stars -- Chapter 2: The Dream of Flight and the Vision of Tomorrow -- Chapter 3: Fundamental Limitations to Achieving Interstellar Flight -- Chapter 4: Aviation -- The Pursuit of Speed, Distance and Height -- Chapter 5: Astronautics -- The Development and Science of Rockets -- Chapter 6: Exploring The Solar System and Beyond -- Chapter 7: Exploring Other Star Systems -- Chapter 8: Solar System Explorers -- Historical Spacecraft -- Chapter 9: Electric and Nuclear-Based Propulsion -- Chapter 10: Sails and Beams -- Chapter 11: Nuclear Fusion Propulsion -- Chapter 12: External Nuclear Pulse Propulsion -- Chapter 13: Towards Relativistic Propulsion -- Antimatter and the Interstellar Ramjet -- Chapter 14: Aerospace Design Principles in Interstellar Flight -- Chapter 15: The Scientific, Cultural and Economic Costs of Interstellar Flight -- Chapter 16: The Role of Speculative Fiction in Driving Technology -- Chapter 17: Realizing the Technological Future and The Roadmap To The Stars -- Chapter 18: From Imagination to Reality.- Epilogue -- Appendices -- Index
Summary As humans take their first tentative steps off our home planet, and debate the costs/benefits of sending people back to the Moon and perhaps on to Mars, we must also start to make plans for the day when we will venture forth as pioneers farther out into the Solar System and beyond - perhaps far, far beyond - to explore and settle new worlds around other stars. It is vital that we develop the deep space propulsion technologies that will take us there, first to explore with robotic probes, then to follow ourselves. This is necessary so that if anything catastrophic happened to Earth, our species would survive. And the possibilities for catastrophe are great. An impacting asteroid ended the reign of the dinosaurs, and today we have many other threats such as global war, climate change, pollution, resource limitations and overpopulation. In this book, Kelvin F. Long takes us on all the possible journeys - the mission targets, the technologies we might use to power such journeys, and what scientific knowledge we are seeking to obtain upon arriving there. Despite the problems of today it is important that we take a long-term view for the future of our species. In fact, the only way to assure a future is to start planning for it now and then progress incrementally. Today, society is not in a position to launch the types of missions outlined in this book, mainly due to a lack of political motivations to try and the economic cost for launching it. But if we start to develop these technologies today, then it is likely that one of them will come to technological maturity at some point in the coming centuries and will power our species to the stars. Our commitment today to achieve near-term goals will ensure a tomorrow for the generations ahead
Analysis Engineering
space science
space flight
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
Subject Space vehicles -- Propulsion systems -- Design and construction
TECHNOLOGY & ENGINEERING -- Engineering (General)
Exploration of outer space
Space vehicles -- Propulsion systems -- Design and construction
SUBJECT Outer space -- Exploration.
Subject Outer space
Form Electronic book
ISBN 9781461406075