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Submission + - Conventional Propulsion for Interstellar Mission (

Antisyzygy writes: Andreas Tziolas, secondary propulsion lead for Project Icarus, discusses how the propulsion technology and techniques scientists use today will still be used during the construction of the Icarus vehicle and the science probes Icarus will deploy when exploring the target star system.

Project Icarus is an five-year study into launching an unmanned spacecraft to an interstellar destination. Headed by the Tau Zero Foundation and British Interplanetary Society, a non-profit group of scientists dedicated to interstellar spaceflight, Icarus is working to develop a spacecraft that can travel to a nearby star.

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