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World Ships: Feasibility and Rationale

Hein, Andreas M.; Smith, Cameron; Marin, Frédéric; Staats, Kai;
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  • Published: 10 Apr 2020
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Abstract
International audience; World ships are hypothetical, large, self-contained spacecraft for crewed interstellar travel, taking centuries to reach other stars. Due to their crewed nature, size and long trip times, the feasibility of world ships faces an additional set of challenges compared to in-terstellar probes. Despite their emergence in the 1980s, most of these topics remain unex-plored. This article revisits some of the key feasibility issues of world ships. First, definitions of world ships from the literature are re-visited and the notion of world ship positioned with respect to similar concepts such as generation ships. Second, the key question of populat...
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free text keywords: [SPI]Engineering Sciences [physics], [SHS]Humanities and Social Sciences, [SHS.ANTHRO-SE]Humanities and Social Sciences/Social Anthropology and ethnology, [SHS.DEMO]Humanities and Social Sciences/Demography, Physics - Popular Physics
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