The Starflight Handbook A Pioneer's Guide to Interstellar Travel"The Starflight Handbook is an indispensable compendium of the manyand varied methods for traversing the vast interstellar gulfdon'tleave the Solar System without it!" Robert Forward "Verysensible, very complete and useful. Its good use of references andtechnical 'sidebars' adds to the book and allows the nontechnicaltext to be used by ordinary readers in an easy fashion. I certainlywould recommend this book to anyone doing any thinking at all aboutinterstellar flight or the notion of possibilities of contactsbetween hypothetical civilizations in different stat systems."Louis Friedman Executive Director, The Planetary Society TheStarflight Handbook is the first and only compendium on planetEarth of the radical new technologies now on the drawing boards ofsome of our smartest and most imaginative space scientists andengineers. Scientists and engineers as well as general readers willbe captivated by its:
* In-depth discussions of everything from nuclear pulse propulsionengines to in-flight navigation, in flowing, non-technicallanguage
* Sidebars and appendices cover technical and mathematical conceptsin detail
* Seventy-five elegant and enlightening illustrations depictingstarships and their hardware
About the Author
About the authors EUGENE F. MALLOVE, ScD, holds advanced degrees in astronautical engineering and environmental science. He is the Chief Science Writer at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and a nationally syndicated columnist whose articles have frequently appeared in major newspapers including the Washington Post. His recent book, The Quickening Universe, which deals with the origin, evolution, and destiny of the universe, has earned him the reputation of being one of the most stimulating writers on scientific and scientifical/philosophical issues working today. GREGORY LEE MATLOFF, PhD, is Chairman of the Department of Mathematics, St. Hilda's and St. Hugh's School, and Adjunct Professor at Long Island University. He has been a professor at Pace University and The City University of New York, and is currently Official Astronomer for The New York Citi Department of Parks and Recreation. Dr. Matloff is the author of numerous technical and popular articles on interstellar travel and has served as a consultant in atmospheric science to NASA.
Table of Contents
Introduction to Starflight.
Objectives of Interstellar Missions.
Rocket Propulsion for Interstellar Flight.
Nuclear Pulse Propulsion.
Beamed Energy Propulsion.
Solar Sail Starships: Clipper Ships of the Galaxy.
Interstellar Ion Scoops.
Other Novel Advanced Propulsion Concepts.
The Interstellar Medium.
Starship Navigation and Visual Effects in RelativisticFlight.
Starflight between Fact and Fancy.
Suspended Animation, Hibernation, and Hypothermia.
Detecting Extrasolar Planets.
Appendices: Powers of Ten;
Units, Constants, and Physical Data;
Nearby Star Systems;
Guide to Starflight Literature;
The Twin "Paradox;" Energy, Efficiency, and StarflightPropulsion;
Realizing Starflight: A Plan for the Future.