Link: Starship Design

[The Economist reports][] on the most recent meeting of the Royal Astronomical Society that took up the question of starship design, which, it turns out, is enjoying a bit of a boom. This may very well be because of the recent proliferation of not only international space agencies but also of private space agencies. As the report makes clear, there is a distinct difference between getting objects into orbit, especially low earth orbit, and getting from Earth to some place else either in the solar system or, as the name *starship* implies, from one solar system to another.

[The Economist reports]: http://www.economist.com/news/science-and-technology/21588349-if-starships-are-ever-built-it-will-be-far-future-does-not-deter

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