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How Will we Receive Signals From Interstellar Probes, Like Starshot?

27 May 2020, 01:17 UTC
How Will we Receive Signals From Interstellar Probes, Like Starshot? Breakthrough Initiatives

In a few decades, the Breakthrough Starshot initiative hopes to send a sailcraft to the neighboring system of Alpha Centauri. Using a lightsail and a directed energy (aka. laser) array, a tiny spacecraft could be accelerated to 20% the speed of light (0.2 c). This would allow Starshot to make the journey to Alpha Centauri and study any exoplanets there in just 20 years, thus fulfilling the dream of interstellar exploration within our lifetimes.

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