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  1. Since I wrote this post, a new idea for much faster one-way travel to Alpha Centauri has been hatched:

    Breakthrough Starshot announces plans to send ship to Alpha Centauri” (Ars Technica)

    The catch is that these are mini-spacecraft (“nanocraft”), accelerated with laser-driven light sails.

    “A gram-scale wafer will include ‘cameras, photon thrusters, power supply, navigation and communication equipment.’ The technology behind the power supply wasn’t mentioned; communications at these distances will require something with pretty considerable power, even when using the optical communication that Breakthrough Starshot plans to rely on.

    “Each device would cost roughly the same as a high-end smartphone to make, allowing a massive number to be sent on the journey, providing some significant redundancy.”

    The Enterprise on a chip. Interstellar travel. Arrival in our lifetime.

    As Mr. Spock would say, “Fascinating.”

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