Nano Spacecraft Under Development, Business and Industry Trends Analysis

In April 2016, a project called Breakthrough Starshot was announced which hopes to develop a nanocraft the size of a cellphone that could fly at 20% the speed of light (more than 1,000 times faster than today’s rockets and shuttles).  Backed by a board of directors that includes internet investor Yuri Milner, cosmologist Stephen Hawking and Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, the $130 million project hopes to send nanocraft to the Alpha Centauri star system, which is about 40 trillion kilometers from Earth as soon as 2046.  NASA’s Ames Research Centre is also involved in the project. The nanocraft will be…

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