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Starflight at the 41th century



At the time of the story, interstellar travel has been feasible about six hundred years. Autonomous sondes have visited about one hundred nearby solar systems and many of them have appeared promising for further actions. The actual stellar ships are bulky and slow vehicles, and people must stay in stasis during the cruise years. The stellar boosters, once assembled, very seldom visit the inner parts of solar systems. They carry a set of system ships which are designed for interplanetary travel only.

The stellar boosters use two different types of propulsion. A conventional fusion motor provides enough impulse in the vicinity of a solar system but is not very feasible for interstellar travel. That is why Casimir engines are used instead. A kind of a rudimentary micro-warp engine, the mechanism enables a theoretically indefinitely sustainable, albeit very low, acceleration. While stellar boosters are essentially independent regarding their supply of matter and energy, the system ships are usually equipped with antimatter engines and thus need external support.

All space ships are fully automated but according to the Aquarius convention there must be at least one natural person onboard a stellar booster for juridical reasons.

The stellar booster 193 Antares on a polar parking orbit around Neptune at the Home System. This picture was taken by an R3D2 automatic probe shortly before Antares' last voyage.[a spaceship 7401 (26106) bytes]

Data sheet

Travel capacity

Name: Antaresdistance (ly)top v/ctravel time (y)dilation (y)
Type: Stellar Booster model 6A (freighter)50.2916.80.25
Engine: T-fuser M271 / Casimir-b100.4024.00.70
Pilot: CNET L5150.4729.81.3
Owner: Earth, HS200.5334.72.0
Built: 3781 at Luna2250.5839.22.7
Taken off: 4048 lost at deep space300.6243.43.5
Mass: 1.7e+11 metric tons350.6547.44.4
Diameter: 9800 meters400.6851.15.4
Cargo volume: 3.6e+8 cubic meters450.7054.76.4
Acceleration: 0.0175 g500.7358.27.4


Earth expansionThe following list contains the star systems that were under the Earth-based colonialization program at the time of the story. Of these worlds only tau Ceti had reached the fourth stage, most other systems were waiting for the second. The table is compiled from GLIESE W., JAHREISS H., 1991: Nearby Stars, Preliminary 3rd Version. Other astronomical data can be found by a keyword query at the CDS astronomical Catalogues Service. (If you are currently in the States, consider some local service instead, some of the files are fairly large.)

Daphne's ship was supposed to go to beta Virginis, also known as Zavijava, to start the second stage of colonialization.

identifierdistance
(ly)
spectral class abs. magnitude right ascension
(h min sec)

declination
(deg)
EPS Eri10.68K26.1603 30 34-09 37.6
EPS Ind11.30K56.9921 59 33-56 59.6
TAU Cet11.41G85.7701 41 45-16 12.0
SIG Dra18.32K05.9319 32 28+69 34.6
DEL Pav18.63G84.7820 03 50-66 18.7
82 Eri20.45G55.2803 17 56-43 15.6
BET Hyi21.00G23.7600 23 09-77 32.1
1 PI(3) Ori24.52F63.8104 47 07+06 52.5
BET Com27.25G04.6513 09 32+28 07.9
BS 448928.14G85.6511 38 25+34 29.0
GAM Pav28.26F84.5321 22 20-65 35.6
BET Cvn28.46G04.5712 31 22+41 37.7
ALF Men28.61G55.3706 11 44-74 44.2
LTT 1386129.12G64.9913 15 47-18 02.0
BS 507229.14G25.2313 25 59+14 02.7
LTT 800530.00K05.9120 12 10-27 11.0
KAP Cet31.23G54.9203 16 44+03 11.3
MU Ara31.69G55.2017 40 10-51 48.6
BET Vir33.04F93.5811 48 05+02 02.8
DEL Tri33.27G04.8302 14 00+33 59.8
Wolf 153033.58K05.5701 44 06+63 36.4
LP 275-6834.32K05.6416 33 44-02 13.2
LTT 1022234.32K05.7400 36 45+20 58.9
IOT Per35.32G03.8803 05 27+49 25.4
LP 726-1936.84G35.7408 51 50-05 14.6
GAM Ser38.81F63.4715 54 08+15 49.4
KAP For39.33G14.8002 20 15-24 02.6
NU Phe39.80F84.5301 12 56-45 47.9
PG197-439.80F94.5009 39 59-23 41.4
LTT 1768641.37G14.9804 45 21-17 01.5
LP 488-3743.35G04.4709 45 22+46 15.3
LTT 1384943.99G04.5513 14 18+09 41.1
AC+41:726-15444.29G24.7317 18 47+32 31.9
LP 905-3645.40G04.3310 56 40+40 41.9
LTT 1636945.46G24.8621 45 01-47 31.9
ALF Lyr45.46G55.1418 35 54-21 05.7
LTT 588446.83G25.0714 48 02+24 07.0
LAM Aur46.96G23.9205 15 37+40 03.4
IOT Hor47.79G34.5802 40 51-51 00.9
PSI(5) Aur49.31G04.3406 43 08+43 37.8
MU(2) Cyg49.38G05.0421 42 07+14 32.6
AG+00: 53150.06F84.0605 21 30+17 20.3
L 1490-02450.14G14.5616 12 54-08 14.3
CFS 703050.60G24.4009 58 08+32 10.2
LTT 1823651.40G04.9612 42 38+39 33.0
RHO Crb54.40G04.3015 59 08+33 27.2
LTT 238055.32G24.8205 46 06-04 06.4
LTT 1648456.28G05.0022 07 56+19 22.3
LP 857-2956.37G15.0814 20 42+01 28.5



Teemu Mäkinen (teemu.makinen@fmi.fi)