The Engineering & Physics Division
Astrophysics Research Group
The Astrophysics Research Group examines planets, stars, the interstellar medium or other objects, particles or fields, within twenty light years of our Sun. It also expands its research interest to include the wider Universe, in order to determine scientific justifications for launching interstellar missions.
Space Technology Group
The Space Technology Group considers the invention, design and build of all space technologies useful for an interstellar mission, with the exception of propulsion technologies.
The Propulsion Group examines propulsion options for an interstellar mission that have a Technology Readiness Level of 2 or above. This may include solar sails, microwave beam sailings, fission, fusion, antimatter or other options.
Space Vehicle Design Concepts Group
The Space Vehicle Design Concepts Group focussing on the creation of concept designs for interstellar spacecraft. These are fully integrated systems studies which cover all of the technology associated with the mission.
Frontier Physics Group
The Frontier Physics Group examines space technologies, including Breakthrough Propulsion Physics, which have a Technology Readiness Level of 1, defined as conjecture. This includes exotic propulsion schemes such as space drives and warp drives.
Earth Applications & Technology Spin-off Group
The Earth Applications and Technology Spin-off Group examines space technology with applications to solving natural and artificially created problems on Earth or in space, wherever human societies or life is found. It specifically seeks to improve the quality of life of people and the human condition.