Tuesday, June 21, 2011

US Department of Defense offers a million dollars for space travel

You'd think that NASA would be running this competition but no - the US Department of Defense thinks space travel is so important that they are giving away $1million USD for any ideas on how to do it. Considering they already likely some insight on how to do this from recovered ET craft , i am assuming this is a grab at getting the private sector involved:

WASHINGTON - The Defense Department first proposed Star Wars. Now it wants Star Trek. DARPA, the Pentagon's research agency that helped foster the Internet, wants someone to dream up a way to send people to a star.

The winner will get half a million dollars for the idea. This month 150 competitors answered the federal government's initial call for private sector cosmic ideas. Officials say some big names are among those interested. The plan is to make interstellar travel possible in about a century.

The Defense Department is known for big spending and big ideas. It devised a space-based missile defense system in the 1980s known as "Star Wars." Its new trademarked 100-year Starship Study concept comes from the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency. The agency is spending a total of $1 million on the project. After presentations are made this fall at a conference in Orlando, Fla., DARPA will decide in November who gets the money.

The grant would be "seed money" to help someone start thinking about the idea and then get it off the ground.

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