“Breakthrough Starshot is really about choosing core technologies to scale up massively, and looking at what prevents or enables that scaling,” Lubin says.
The nanocraft would make that same interstellar crossing in just 20 years.
With no onboard ability to decelerate, they would briefly gather data about any planets in the Alpha Centauri system and beam it back toward Earth before plunging deeper into interstellar darkness and out of communication range.
“Things like antimatter or fusion rockets are all on the ‘real’ axis.
The known laws of physics tell us they are realistic solutions, even if we don’t know how to realize them.
For Yuri Milner, the Russian Internet entrepreneur and billionaire philanthropist who funds the world’s richest science prizes and searches for extraterrestrial intelligence, the sky is not the limit—and neither is the solar system.