I’m still absorbing what I learned at the 100 Year Starship Symposium held in Orlando, Florida last weekend (30 Sep – 2 Oct, 2011) under the auspices of DARPA where 600 people from all across the globe gathered to discuss how, why, where, when, and whether could we build a starship.
The short answer to the big question is:
Yes, we can build a starship in 100 years.
There are lots of smaller questions that go into that big question and some of them modify the answer quite a bit.
As I get my head together more, I’ll write more on the subject.