Project Icarus Status Update
Over the past couple of weeks, the team has been making a lot of headway on some major milestones. For starters, the propulsion group has been working on the propulsion models. These calculations include determining how long our initial burn period will be, which is important for our shielding and fuel team for determining the parameters for tritium breeding. Another place we have made considerable progress on is the droplet radiator design. Our proposed radiator will use helium in a plasma state as the working fluid, and will pump it throughout the ship. Once the fluid reaches the end of the fuel tanks (behind the cone), it is sprayed in a fine mist, which radiates heat into space (See picture below for more details). The mist is then collected in a dish and fed back into the cooling system.
In other news, Icarus Interstellar Drexel Chapter’s first field trip is this weekend! We will be heading up to New York to visit the Hayden Planetarium, which should be a fun and educational break from all the research.
Stay tuned for more information and updates in the coming weeks.