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The Starflight Handbook: A Pioneer's Guide to Interstellar Travel

ISBN: 978-0-471-61912-3
288 pages
June 1989
The Starflight Handbook: A Pioneer


The Starflight Handbook A Pioneer's Guide to Interstellar Travel "The Starflight Handbook is an indispensable compendium of the many and varied methods for traversing the vast interstellar gulf--don't leave the Solar System without it!" --Robert Forward "Very sensible, very complete and useful. Its good use of references and technical 'sidebars' adds to the book and allows the nontechnical text to be used by ordinary readers in an easy fashion. I certainly would recommend this book to anyone doing any thinking at all about interstellar flight or the notion of possibilities of contacts between hypothetical civilizations in different stat systems." --Louis Friedman Executive Director, The Planetary Society The Starflight Handbook is the first and only compendium on planet Earth of the radical new technologies now on the drawing boards of some of our smartest and most imaginative space scientists and engineers. Scientists and engineers as well as general readers will be captivated by its:
* In-depth discussions of everything from nuclear pulse propulsion engines to in-flight navigation, in flowing, non-technical language
* Sidebars and appendices cover technical and mathematical concepts in detail
* Seventy-five elegant and enlightening illustrations depicting starships and their hardware
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Table of Contents

Introduction to Starflight.

Objectives of Interstellar Missions.

Rocket Propulsion for Interstellar Flight.

Nuclear Pulse Propulsion.

Beamed Energy Propulsion.

Solar Sail Starships: Clipper Ships of the Galaxy.

Fusion Ramjets.

Interstellar Ion Scoops.

Other Novel Advanced Propulsion Concepts.

Interstellar Trajectories.

The Interstellar Medium.

Starship Navigation and Visual Effects in Relativistic Flight.

Starflight between Fact and Fancy.

Suspended Animation, Hibernation, and Hypothermia.

Scientific Payloads.

Detecting Extrasolar Planets.

Appendices: Powers of Ten;
Units, Constants, and Physical Data;
Nearby Star Systems;
Guide to Starflight Literature;
The Twin ?Paradox;? Energy, Efficiency, and Starflight Propulsion;
Realizing Starflight: A Plan for the Future.


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Author Information

About the authors EUGENE F. MALLOVE, ScD, holds advanced degrees in astronautical engineering and environmental science. He is the Chief Science Writer at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and a nationally syndicated columnist whose articles have frequently appeared in major newspapers including the Washington Post. His recent book, The Quickening Universe, which deals with the origin, evolution, and destiny of the universe, has earned him the reputation of being one of the most stimulating writers on scientific and scientifical/philosophical issues working today. GREGORY LEE MATLOFF, PhD, is Chairman of the Department of Mathematics, St. Hilda's and St. Hugh's School, and Adjunct Professor at Long Island University. He has been a professor at Pace University and The City University of New York, and is currently Official Astronomer for The New York Citi Department of Parks and Recreation. Dr. Matloff is the author of numerous technical and popular articles on interstellar travel and has served as a consultant in atmospheric science to NASA.
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