That US behemoth, DARPA – Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency aka the Department of Everything – has teamed up with that other US giant, the fiscally challenged NASA to create a program that would see interstellar travel within the next 100 years.
DARPA has awarded $US500,00 in seed funding to the Dorothy Jemison Foundation for Excellence to form the aptly named 100 Year Starship - 100YSS – program.
The initiative will call on expert opinion from a wide range of disciplines, engineers, scientists and artists will contribute to a single shared vision, to develop the capability for mankind to achieve interstellar flight within the next 100 years.
A public symposium will be held this year, in Houston, Texas from September 14 to 16, in what will become an annual event. Has the real world finally caught up with the strangely accurate transfictontrek world of Gene Roddenberry? :: Read the full article »»»»