Starship Study

American BanditsThe tactical technology office of the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency within the U.S. Defense Department and NASA Ames Research Center are spending $1 MILLION of our tax dollars to fund a $500,000 “Starship Study” grant to whomever comes up with the best idea to send people to the nearest star (and I presume, return).

The nearest star to our own sun is Proxima Centauri. Traveling near the speed of light, the theoretical speed limit of any matter in the universe, it would take 8 years to make the round trip, not counting the years it would take to speed up and slow down at each end of that journey. Current technology puts that trip at 8,000 years.

Oh, says The Agency, this is a hundred-year development project and the grant is only the “seed money” to get it started. WTF are they thinking? Is there no greater need in the United States today that could better use one million dollars?

Presumably, the tagline for the project will be “Reach to the stars” which is reminiscent of Jesse James’ call to “Reach for the sky.”

Either way, taxpayers lose their wallets.

<IMHO> Fred Jacobsen

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One Response to “Starship Study”

  1. Gee, I have a few folks I’d like to send on a one way trip to the nearsest star! Does it have to be a roundtrip?

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