100-Year Starship Study Blasts Off 1/11/11

NextNower Claudia Welss attended the inaugural meeting of the DARPA/NASA 100-Year Starship Study held January 11th and 12th at Cavallo Point in Sausalito, CA.  She joined a fascinating mixture of space-savvy individuals grappling with the technological and socio-political Whys, Whats and Hows of an ambitious yet achievable goal:  developing the business case for an enduring organization designed to incentivize breakthrough technologies over generations, enabling long-distance manned spaceflight within 100 years.  Follow early developments at http://100yearstarshipstudy.com/


October 28, 2010 – FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency

Throughout history technical challenges have inspired generations to achieve scientific breakthroughs of lasting impact. Several decades ago, for instance, the race to the moon sparked a global excitement surrounding space exploration that persists to this day. The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) and the NASA Ames Research Center have teamed together to take the first step in the next era of space exploration—a journey between the stars.

100 Year StarshipThe 100-Year Starship study will examine the business model needed to develop and mature a technology portfolio enabling long-distance manned space flight a century from now. This goal will require sustained investments of intellectual and financial capital from a variety of sources. The year-long study aims to develop a construct that will incentivize and facilitate private co-investment to ensure continuity of the lengthy technological time horizon needed.

“The 100-Year Starship study is about more than building a spacecraft or any one specific technology,” said Paul Eremenko, DARPA coordinator for the study. “We endeavor to excite several generations to commit to the research and development of breakthrough technologies and cross-cutting innovations across a myriad of disciplines such as physics, mathematics, biology, economics, and psychological, social, political and cultural sciences, as well as the full range of engineering disciplines to advance the goal of long-distance space travel, but also to benefit mankind.”

DARPA also anticipates that the advancements achieved by such technologies will have substantial relevance to Department of Defense (DoD) mission areas including propulsion, energy storage, biology/life support, computing, structures, navigation, and others. Beyond the DoD and NASA, these investments will reinvigorate private entrepreneurs, the engineering and scientific community, and the world’s youth in a bold quest for the stars.

The 100-Year Starship study looks to develop the business case for an enduring organization designed to incentivize breakthrough technologies enabling future spaceflight.

Media with inquiries, contact DARPA Public Affairs, DARPAPublicAffairsOffice@darpa.mil

One Comment

  1. Richard Santomauro

    The distances involved in interstellar travel logically bring us to the conclusion that fertilizing human eggs with sperms to create embryos “after” arrival is logical. Raising an embryo through childhood to a fully mature adult is certainly a challenge for the robotics and computer based training industry! However, we already have the rudimentary solutions for these today!

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