Magnetic sails could put the brakes on interstellar space probes

Our nearest stellar neighbor, Alpha Centauri, is just four light-years from Earth, and while that's pretty close in the grand scheme of things, we can't just pop over to borrow some milk. With our current technology, the journey would take tens of thousands of years, but there are plans for tiny unmanned probes that could trek there in as little as 20 years. Now, a German theoretical physicist has detailed a method to use magnetic sails as a braking system, to slow craft down to a cruising speed once they get there... Continue Reading Magnetic sails could put the brakes on interstellar space probes Category: Space Tags: Alpha Centauri interstellar space Spacecraft Stars Stephen Hawking Related Articles: Cassini detects alien dust particles First interstellar asteroid reveals its strange secrets Breakthrough Listen Initiative starts

Magnetic sails could put the brakes on interstellar space probes

Our nearest stellar neighbor, Alpha Centauri, is just four light-years from Earth, and while that's pretty close in the grand scheme of things, we can't just pop over to borrow some ...

Tue 21 Nov 17 from Gizmag

Momentum braking in deep space

With a miniaturised space probe capable of accelerating to a quarter of the speed of light, we could reach Alpha Centauri, the nearest star, in 20 to 50 years. However, without a mechanism to ...

Mon 20 Nov 17 from Phys.org

Should we seed life through the cosmos using laser-driven ships?

Our galaxy may have billions of habitable worlds. A proposal to spread life says we should use giant lasers and light sails to send microbes out to them

Mon 13 Nov 17 from Newscientist

Life could be launched into space on laser-driven ships

Dr Claudius Gros, a theoretical physicist at Goethe University, Frankfurt suggests that we could launch miniature gene labs into space aboard laser-driven ships.

Tue 14 Nov 17 from Daily Mail

Can a superconducting magnetic sail slow down an interstellar probe

Frankfurt, Germany (SPX) Nov 20, 2017 With a miniaturised space probe capable of being accelerated to a quarter of the speed of light, we could reach Alpha Centauri, our nearest star, in ...

Sun 19 Nov 17 from SpaceDaily

Interstellar space probes: Where's the brakes?

With a miniaturized space probe capable of being accelerated to a quarter of the speed of light, we could reach Alpha Centauri, our nearest star, in 20 to 50 years. However, without a mechanism ...

Fri 17 Nov 17 from ScienceDaily

Interstellar space probes: Where's the brakes?!, Fri 17 Nov 17 from Eurekalert

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