Staggered Launch Sequences for Fleets of Interstellar Worldships
S. Ashworth (2016), JBIS, 69, pp.326-330
Keywords: Starship, Worldship, Interstellar travel
Launch sequences are discussed for interstellar fleets consisting of manned worldships which, due to their high cost, are constructed and launched individually from the Solar System, yet need to rendezvous in interstellar space in order to provide mutual security for as much of the voyage as possible. Three different rendezvous patterns are described.