AI Probe for Interstellar colonisation and exploration
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This is a concept based on Andreas Hein's scientific paper "Artificial Intelligence Probes for Interstellar
Exploration and Colonization ".

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Shield to protect the AI probe from high speed particles during %c speed interstellar transits, as well as particles from the local star.

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Artificial intelligence probe in deployed state, note how the heat dissipation radiators follow the inverse square law ( decay of irradiance ) as it gets further away from the heat source ( circular AI payload )

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The probe in it's folded state during travel, ( note that R(shield) > R(probe) )

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The probe would need to operate as close as possible to the star in order to maximize solar panel power ==> more power for computation.

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This concept based on Andreas Hein's upcoming paper "Artificial Intelligence Probes for Interstellar
Exploration and Colonization " made it to the cover of Principium ; a scientific publication about all things interstellar.

Probe design based on Andreas Hein's research and developed in collaboration with him.
I really like working on projects that are based on research and science, might do more in the future ! :)
You can read the publication here :
as well as Andrea's paper here :

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