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Power Systems for Miniature Interstellar Flyby ProbeIn the last few years, the concept that an ultra-lightweight probe could be sent to one of the nearby stars pushed by a laser beam reflecting from a lightweight sail has moved from science fiction into conceptual design. A candidate interstellar sail envisions a two- to three-gram "starchip" micro probe, flying past a planet of Proxima Centauri after a 20 year voyage. With the probe moving at 60,000 km/sec, the flyby encounter at the target planet is within 1 AU of the target planet at most a few hours, and in the case of an encounter with a planet of Proxima Centauri, is close to the star for only a few minutes. With current technology, no power system exists that can produce the required power with a mass of less than one gram.
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Document Type
Conference Paper
Landis, Geoffrey A.
(NASA Glenn Research Center Cleveland, OH, United States)
Date Acquired
December 6, 2019
Publication Date
November 10, 2019
Subject Category
Spacecraft Propulsion And Power
Report/Patent Number
Meeting Information
Meeting: Interstellar Symposium
Location: Whichita, KS
Country: United States
Start Date: November 10, 2019
End Date: November 15, 2019
Sponsors: Tennessee Valley Interstellar Workshop (TVIW)
Funding Number(s)
WBS: 432938.
Distribution Limits
Work of the US Gov. Public Use Permitted.
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