Directed Energy Propulsion


May 2016 – FY 2017 NASA budget request includes Alpha Centauri relativistic mission study

FY 2017 NASA appropriation request – Science

Amy on the Radio – May 22, 2016

Photonic Propulsion for Interstellar Flight


Video Interview with TIME Magazine – Nov 7, 2015

Time – Inside the Plan to go to the Stars

Recent Publications

A Roadmap to Interstellar Flight – Lubin 2015 – A Roadmap to Interstellar Flight-15-u

Directed Energy for Relativistic Propulsion and Interstellar Communications – Journal of the British Interplanetary Society (JBIS) – Lubin et al 2015 DE-STAR-JBIS – v13

SPIE Optics and Photonics – San Diego – August 2015

Zhang et al. Orbital simulations of laser-propelled spacecraft

Brashears et al. Directed Energy Interstellar Propulsion of WaferSats

Research Mentorship Program – UCSB – Summer 2015

Sturman et al. “Interstellar Flight and Recycling Light: a Bilateral Study”: Paper, Poster

Li et al. “Optimization for Laser-Propelled Spacecraft at All Launching Times”: Paper, Poster

February 2016 – NASA 360 Video on Interstellar NIAC Results


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YouTube NASA 360 Channel

Video from NASA 360

NASA NIAC Fall Symposium – Seattle – October 2015

NASA NIAC June 2015 announcementUCSB Current Article

Audio Interview with the Tennessee Valley Interstellar Workshop 2015

Keck Institute for Space Studies (KISS) 2014 Workshop on “Science and Enabling Technologies to Explore the Interstellar Medium” – final reportFinal KISS ISM Report

Part of our background is working with directed energy (DE) systems with a goal of scaling to sufficiently larger powers and baselines using a MOPA design to allow photonic propulsion of small spacecraft to achieve relativistic speeds. We have published a number of technical papers on this subject in our research group at UC Santa Barbara. See our links and papers below for a better understanding of this technology and the radical consequences that will come from it.