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‘Breakthrough Starshot’ aims to reach Alpha Centauri 20 years after launch | KurzweilAI

‘Breakthrough Starshot’ aims to reach Alpha Centauri 20 years after launch | KurzweilAI

Internet investor and science philanthropist Yuri Milner and physicist Stephen Hawking announced Tuesday a $100 million research and engineering program, Breakthrough Starshot, aiming to demonstrate proof of concept for light-propelled “nanocrafts” that could travel to Alpha Centauri, our nearest star system.

The nanocrafts would fly at 20 percent of light speed and capture images of possible planets and other scientific data, arriving in just over 20 years after their launch.

Source: ‘Breakthrough Starshot’ aims to reach Alpha Centauri 20 years after launch | KurzweilAI