To Go Further Than Ever, We Need To Go Smaller Than Ever

SpaceX Starship. Source

Issues with Traditional Rockets

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TLDR:

What about other forms of propulsion?

Ion Engine. Source
Nuclear Propulsion Rocket. Source

How rockets reach orbit and beyond

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Demonstration of Voyager 1 using Gravity Assist. Source

An elevator to… Space?

Diagram of a Space Elevator Concept. Source

TL;DR

Almost there…well, not really

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Graph showing the stress-strain relationship of steel. Source

Nanotechnology to the rescue!

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Carbon Nanotubes

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Depiction of the tensile strengths of the armchair configuration. Source
Structure of a carbon nanotube. Source
One method of carbon nanotube production. Source

Is it possible? By when?

The bottom line is innovation takes time. Especially when it could be the first step in our journey to become an interplanetary species. All because of a few carbon atoms forming in the right way… huh.

Thanks for Reading!

15-year-old Nanotechnology enthusiast whose mission is to use technology to solve real-world problems.