[Last updated on: Fri Apr 16 16:16:01 1999] Welcome to the starship-design mailing list! This mailing list is for anyone interested in the practical realities of interstellar travel. It is an outgrowth of David Levine's Lunar Institute of Technology web site, particularly the College of Starship Design section. The original forum hosted at that web site centered around the development of a hypothetical manned mission to the Tau Ceti star system by the year 2050. The College of Starship Design web page created by David Levine and currently maintained by Kelly Starks is at: http://metalab.unc.edu/lunar/school/InterStellar/SSD_index.html Another site maintained by list member Kevin Houston is at: http://www.urly-bird.com/LIT/ Although clearly there is much speculation involved in the development of future technology, this mailing list is practically oriented and proposals should be justifiable using presently-known engineering techniques and scientific knowledge. Proposals involving highly speculative topics such as FTL (faster-than-light) propulsion or novel energy generation techniques will be treated quite skeptically by list members. To subscribe, mail to email@example.com and put the following line in the body (NOT the subject line) of your message: subscribe starship-design
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Timothy van der Linden maintains an archive of some very early material that was posted in David Levine's web site at http://www.xs4all.nl/~jvdl/sdnewsletters/.
I also saved many of the messages that I received as part of the informal mailing list that preceded this one. You can view these messages in threaded order, chronological order, or a file of all the messages.
The current Lunar Institute of Technology web pages are at http://www.urly-bird.com/LIT/.
List member Rex Finke has written a paper "Starflight Mechanics Notes" summarizing and collecting many of the major physics and engineering discussions from the list archives. This paper is available as a Microsoft Word document or as a Postscript file.
These browsable archives were generated with MHonArc from the list owner's mail folder archive of list postings.