Stephen B. Pearl: www.stephenpearl.com
This Ain’t Utopia Planitia: Believable Starship Designs
A panel recorded at Ad Astra 2016 held at the Sheraton Parkway North, 600 HWY-7 E
Richmond Hill, Ontario
Available on Youtube:
Part 1: https://youtu.be/7a2D6CvR7JA
Part 2: https://youtu.be/WomF0bnOsTA
Media properties like Star Trek or Star Wars tell us that space travel is easy, and that starships act like boats or planes. This is a terrible, terrible lie. There’s a lot more to spaceflight than common media depictions show, and there’s a lot of mileage you can get by knowing some of the principles behind realistic spacecraft design.