100 Year Starship
The 100 Year Starship (100YSS) is a joint U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) and National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) grant project to a private entity in order to work toward achieving interstellar travel. The aim of the project, announced in January 2012, is to work toward achieving interstellar travel within the next 100 years.
The 100 Year Starship study is the name of a one year project to assess the attributes of and lay the groundwork for an organization that can carry forward the 100 Year Starship vision. Former NASA astronaut Mae Jemison made the winning bid as leader of her own foundation, the Dorothy Jemison Foundation for Excellence. The Dorothy Jemison Foundation for Excellence was partnered on the DARPA project with Icarus Interstellar, a non-profit organisation that is dedicated to interstellar travel, and the Foundation for Enterprise Development.
100 Year Starship Symposium
Prior to the solicitation for the foundation, the Hundred Year Starship project was initiated with a conference held in Orlando, FL, from September 30 to October 2 2011, co-sponsored by DARPA and NASA, organized by DARPA’s Tactical Technology Office director, David Neyland. The conference included presentations on the technology, biology, physics, philosophy, sociology, and economics of interstellar flight. Selected papers from the conference were published in the Journal of the British Interplanetary Society.
After naming the Jemison foundation as winner of the solicitation, a second symposium was held in 2012 in Houston. Papers on a number of subjects related to interstellar flight and organization of the foundation were presented, among these a paper by Dr. Harold ("Sonny") White of NASA's Johnson Space Center discussing an attempt to measure the warping of space time using a Michelson interferometer to investigate the possibility of faster-than-light travel.
The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) is the primary funding agency together with the support of NASA Ames Research Center. So far, NASA has contributed $100,000 while DARPA has contributed $1 million.
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