Breakthrough Starshot

Want the Fastest Solar Sail? Drop it Into the Sun First

A new study from the Max Planck Institute for Astronomy shows how a "Sun Diver," a light sail that dives…

2 months ago

What’s the Best Way to Communicate With an Interstellar Probe When it’s Light-Years Away From Earth?

A new study by an international team of scientists addressed a major challenge with interstellar missions: how to send and…

2 months ago

We Have the Technology to Retrieve a Sample From an Interstellar Object Like Oumuamua

A white paper submitted to the 2023 - 2032 Decadal Survey recommends we create spacecraft that could rendezvous and take…

3 months ago

How Will we Receive Signals From Interstellar Probes, Like Starshot?

A new study takes a look at the challenges of sending and receiving data over interstellar distances using tight-beam lasers

6 months ago

Riding the Wave of a Supernova to Go Interstellar

A new paper by two Harvard professors explores the idea of using supernova as a means of high-speed interstellar travel…

9 months ago

Of the Two Stars in Alpha Centauri, One is Probably More Habitable than the Other

A new study has shown that the Alpha Centauri is not likely to support life and that one of its…

1 year ago

What’s the Best Way to Sail From World to World? Electric Sails or Solar Sails?

A new study compares two potential means of interstellar exploration, which could have implications for both space exploration and the…

1 year ago

Prototype of a Future Interstellar Probe was Just Tested on a Balloon

Researchers with the UCSB Experimental Cosmology Group recently conducted a successful stratospheric test of their wafercraft, which could be traveling…

2 years ago

What Would be the Benefits of an Interstellar Probe?

A new study from the Initiative for Interstellar Studies outlines the benefits and requirements of sending a probe on an…

2 years ago

Exactly How We Would Send our First Laser-Powered Probe to Alpha Centauri

In a recent study, an international team of scientists present their concept for a lightsail and spacecraft that could make…

2 years ago