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



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

Eugene F. Mallove, Gregory L. Matloff

ISBN: 978-0-471-61912-3 June 1989 288 Pages


The Starflight Handbook A Pioneer's Guide to Interstellar Travel"The Starflight Handbook is an indispensable compendium of the manyand varied methods for traversing the vast interstellar gulf--don'tleave the Solar System without it!" --Robert Forward "Verysensible, very complete and useful. Its good use of references andtechnical 'sidebars' adds to the book and allows the nontechnicaltext to be used by ordinary readers in an easy fashion. I certainlywould recommend this book to anyone doing any thinking at all aboutinterstellar flight or the notion of possibilities of contactsbetween hypothetical civilizations in different stat systems."--Louis Friedman Executive Director, The Planetary Society TheStarflight Handbook is the first and only compendium on planetEarth of the radical new technologies now on the drawing boards ofsome of our smartest and most imaginative space scientists andengineers. Scientists and engineers as well as general readers willbe captivated by its:
* In-depth discussions of everything from nuclear pulse propulsionengines to in-flight navigation, in flowing, non-technicallanguage
* Sidebars and appendices cover technical and mathematical conceptsin detail
* Seventy-five elegant and enlightening illustrations depictingstarships and their hardware
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 RelativisticFlight.

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 StarflightPropulsion;
Realizing Starflight: A Plan for the Future.