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The Space Congress® Proceedings 1991 (28th) Space Achievement: A Global Destiny Apr 23rd, 2:00 PM - 5:00 PM Paper Session I-A - An Interstellar Exploration Initiative for Future Flight H. D. Froning McDonnell Douglas Space Systems Company, Huntington Beach, CA Follow this and additional works at: http://commons.erau.edu/space-congress-proceedings Scholarly Commons Citation H. D. Froning, "Paper Session I-A - An Interstellar Exploration Initiative for Future Flight" (April 23, 1991). The Space Congress® Proceedings. Paper 20. http://commons.erau.edu/space-congress-proceedings/proceedings-1991-28th/april-23-1991/20 This Event is brought to you for free and open access by the Conferences at ERAU Scholarly Commons. It has been accepted for inclusion in The Space Congress® Proceedings by an authorized administrator of ERAU Scholarly Commons. For more information, please contact commons@erau.edu. AN INTERSTELLAR EXPLORATION INITIATIVE FOR FUTURE FLIGHT H. D. Froning, Jr. McDonnell Douglas Space Systems Company* Huntington Beach, California 92647 Abstract plan to extend human presence into the solar system by establishing settlements on the moon . An example is presented of a Space Exploration and Mars. The next logical steps in space after Initiative (SEI) that would maintain the rapid rate human expansion throughout the solar system of aerospace progress we accomplished in the past would be travel beyond the solar system to the and culminate in journeys to the stars. Such an SEI stars. But although many interstellar flight studies would embody extremely long-term goals that: have been performed, very few interstellar challenge the human spirit, meet human needs and initiatives have been proposed. References 1,2,3 set forth our intention to embark upon a manned and 4 are some of the several documented ones this interstellar journey within 100 years after the first author knows. human exploration of another celestial body (the moon). Near term goals would be the same as Here, most interstellar studies have been of current SEI ones (establishment of Space Station slower-than-light starships that embody "Freedom", return to the moon, and manned foreseeable spaceflight technology and have longer exploration of Mars) because they are the next mission times than the remaining lifetimes of logical stepping stones to the stars. The paper those who would be called upon to sponsor their shows prospects for the kinds of future technical trips. Therefore, there has been little enthusiasm breakthroughs which would maintain the rapid for sponsoring interstellar initiatives that involve rate of aerospace progress of our past and how such ships. But, discoveries of new sources of such breakthroughs might phase into SEI energy and new modes of vehicle impulsion could architectures during coining years. Finally, it is enable extremely swift starships that could share shown that an SEI that embodies an interstellar some of the results of their interstellar explorations initiative would not significantly impact current with those who made possible their trips. spaceflight initiatives and plans. However, it Furthermore, the kinds of scientific and would require that a greater fraction of space technological breakthroughs that would enable exploration funding be dedicated towards "far- new energy sources and modes of impulsion could out" research for future flight. also help solve some of the severe environmental and economic problems we will be facing in the Introduction future on earth. Thus, this paper will examine an interstellar initiative that strives for the kinds of In the past, we expanded beyond the boundaries revolutionary breakthroughs that could take us to of birth, then beyond countries and continents, and the stars and meet future human needs on earth as even beyond the limits of earth. In the future, we well * The views presented here are those of the author. They do not necessarily represent the views of McDonnell Douglas with respect to either Interstellar Exploration Initiatives or the SEL 1-7 What if We Could Maintain the Aerospace The Wright Brothers' firstpoweredflightabove Progress of Our Past the earth was made at a speed of about 30 mil

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