Russian billionaire Yuri Milner and British astrophysicist Stephen Hawking on Tuesday revealed plans to connect the nearest star and Earth with small spacecraft with a core of one plant that will give a powerful laser.
Their idea is spacecraft “Starchip”, that weights only a few grams, which will move with a fifth of the speed of light, or 20 percent, to move protons produced by the laser from Earth, so it will bombard its cores of several square meters .
Yuri Milner, known for investments in multiple start-apps, especially Facebook, set aside $ 100 million for the project called “Breakthrough Starshot”, published at press conference in New York.
Milner said he will invest the first $ 100 million in the project, but later he will ask other sponsors.
The owner of Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, is on the board of a research project that should include the scientific community, and the results will be made public, reports Hina.