Plan to Explore Proxima Centauri For Decades Usings Thousands of Chipsats

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News Story Source: by Brian Wang
This would not be a flyby mission where a mission would pass through the solar system at 10% of the speed of light. A ten-kilogram spacecraft would have a decades-long exploration and scientific data return solar. Scientific data from Kuiper Belt and Oort Cloud object weekly flybys are anticipated starting within a few years of launch.

The proposal assumes a peak spacecraft velocity of 10% of the speed of light. Once launched out of Earth's gravitational well, the remaining spacecraft is composed of two stages. The first stage accelerates the spacecraft to 0.1c, detaches from the second stage, and performs a smaller perpendicular burn to deflect its trajectory toward the Alpha Centauri AB binary system for a flyby of that solar system. The second stage decelerates a scientific payload and provides power and support during a decades-long period of exploration.

Once decelerated, the scientific probe attached to the second stage would navigate the Proxima Centauri star system. T
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