Robert Sevigny

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The SKYLON concept spaceship payload bay can be used for a wide variety of missions, and can carry up to 16.5 tons to low-Earth orbit.

The SKYLON concept spaceship payload bay can be used for a wide variety of missions, and can carry up to tons to low-Earth orbit.

SKYLON, a concept vehicle from Reaction Engines Ltd., is an entirely reusable single stage-to-orbit launch vehicle, based on revolutionary engine technology.

SKYLON SSTO VehicleCredit: Adrian MannSKYLON, a concept vehicle from Reaction Engines Ltd., is an entirely reusable single stage-to-orbit launch vehicle, based on revolutionary engine technology.

This Icarus concept starship uses Graphene as a shield material to protect the vehicle during the voyage to another star.

Space illustrator Adrian Mann created these concept images of futuristic nuclear-powered interstellar starships, including Daedalus and Project Icarus.

Project Icarus is currently at a very early stage and no definitive design has been selected %u2013 this illustration shows one possible candidate concept for an interstellar spacecraft.

interstellar-space-travel: Project Icarus is currently at a very early stage and no definitive design has been selected โ€“ this illustration shows one possible candidate concept for an interstellar spacecraft.

Another spaceship fuel-mining scheme involves balloon miners in the atmosphere of Uranus, where gases would be collected and processed, and then carried to the fuelling site by smaller tanker spacecraft.

Icarus BalloonsCredit: Adrian MannAnother spaceship fuel-mining scheme involves balloon miners in the atmosphere of Uranus, where gases would be collected and processed, and then carried to the fuelling site by smaller tanker spacecraft.

Obtaining the exotic fuels needed for interstellar flight is a major challenge %u2013 here a scheme is shown where a spacecraft in low orbit around Jupiter lowers an extremely long tube into the atmosphere, sucking up and processing gases.

Obtaining the exotic fuels needed for interstellar flight is a major challenge here a scheme is shown where a spacecraft in low orbit around Jupiter lowers an extremely long tube into the atmosphere, sucking up and processing gases.

A potential spacecraft called Icarus Pathfinder would be powered by VASIMR engines, taking it out to 1,000 AU (1AU is the distance between the Earth and sun).

Icarus StarfinderCredit: Adrian MannA potential spacecraft called Icarus Pathfinder would be powered by VASIMR engines, taking it out to AU is the distance between the Earth and sun).

Project Icarus is looking again at interstellar spacecraft, in the light of new developments in physics, materials and astronomy. A series of smaller test vehicles is envisaged to test the new technologies.

SKYLON Conept VehicleCredit: Adrian MannThe SKYLON concept spaceship payload bay can be used for a wide variety of missions, and can carry up to tons to low-Earth orbit.

VARIES %u2013 Vacuum to Antimatter Rocket Interstellar Explorer System, is a concept from Richard Obousy that would use enormous solar arrays to generate power for extremely powerful lasers, which, when fired at empty space, would create particles of antimatter which could be stored and used as fuel. The process would be used at the vehicle's destination to create fuel for the return journey.

Hungary-based space illustrator Adrian Mann is a graphical engineer for Project Icarus, an effort to research the possibilities for interstellar travel.