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The tech we need for Deep Space exploration

100 Year starship

Getting to other star systems requires inspiring generations of scientists. Image credit: Daedalus/Adrian-Mann

Human interstellar flight by 2112? There are those who want humans to travel to distant stars as soon as possible, and definitely within the next 100 years, but fear that our technology is developing far too slowly. Step forward 100 Year Starship, a pressure group that wants to help create enthusiasm for, and achievement in, science, technology, engineering and mathematics.

"100 Year Starship is about building the tools we need to travel to another star system in the next hundred years … we're embarking on a journey across time and space," says Dr. Mae Jemison, an ex-Space Shuttle astronaut, who leads 100 Year Starship. "If my language is dramatic, it is because this project is monumental … this is a global aspiration, and each step of the way, its progress will benefit life on Earth."

"The Earth is the cradle of humanity," said Konstantin Tsiolkovsky, the father of rocketry. "But mankind cannot stay in the cradle forever." The only way out of the cradle is technology.

Jamie Carter

Jamie is a freelance tech, travel and space journalist based in the UK. He’s been writing regularly for Techradar since it was launched in 2008 and also writes regularly for Forbes, The Telegraph, the South China Morning Post, Sky & Telescope and the Sky At Night magazine as well as other Future titles T3, Digital Camera World, All About Space and Space.com. He also edits two of his own websites, TravGear.com and WhenIsTheNextEclipse.com that reflect his obsession with travel gear and solar eclipse travel. He is the author of A Stargazing Program For Beginners (Springer, 2015),