10 Million MPH required to Explore Our Solar System


For Humanity to explore our solar system will require traveling at speeds in excess of 10 million MPH or 16.0964 KPH. Our fastest current vehicle (Voyager 1) is traveling at 38,000 mph. It took 35 years to reach the edge of our solar system. (estimated edge of our solar system is 125 au. or 11.625 billion miles) SEE AUTHORS NOTE BELOW.

The Center for Starship R & D is searching for these solutions. One of the problems facing us today is that we are bound by the confines of mother Earth and we can’t see other methods of propulsion that exist in the universe. This is the primary reason we need to get off our planet and into space to discover that there are more elements in the periodic table than what has been discovered thus far. Our estimation is that there are at least 244 and as high as 500 elements in space waiting to be discovered. That is 125 more than what we currently have in our periodic table. We have theorized that there may be more than that.

This space craft for mass production will be built off planet and will require hundreds or thousands of personnel to assemble it in orbit. Robots may be useful equipment to build this in orbit along side the use of 3d printers.


  1. Because our fastest vehicle is only traveling at 38,000 mph and it took 35 years to reach the edge of our solar system.
  2. At 10 million mph or 16.0924 kph we can reach the same distance as Voyager 1 (125 Au. or 11.625 billion miles) in 1.615 months and return in 3.23 months.
  3. This speed should be easily attainable within the next 15 to 50 years depending on how fast our computers become and how fast we discover new technologies. Such as graphene and other new materials to be used in space craft for space travel. Our personal computers or devices need to become as fast as a number 10 super computer or processing power equal to 1 to 10 terraflops per minute. This will give more of humanity the ability to discover new solutions to age old problems. Plus the added ability for our devices to talk to us better (AI).
  4. Given our current situation in space, human endurance is limited to 1 year at most, before we suffer severe bone loss and other debilitating problems.
  5. This speed will give us the advantage to explore anywhere in our solar system in less than a year.
  6. A trip to Mars would take roughly 3.58 minutes using the closest distance to Earth of 35.8 million miles ( or 13.9809 minutes based on an average distance of 140 million miles or 225 million km) see table below at the end of this page.
  7. It will create new industries and advance tourism to new levels. Imagine a vacation around the solar system in six months.
  8. Space mining will be able to leap forward.
  9. The possibilities are many. If we can create artificial gravity then we can go further and spend more time exploring the possibilities around our solar system.

1st objective is to design an engine or method of propelling our vehicle to 10 million mph. 

Once we reach these speeds then we have these problems arise to solve.

  • the problem of braking or slowing down, how do we slow down?
  • what will be the effects on humans?
    • In our opinion the effects on the human body would be the same as riding in a jet aircraft or your car.
  • what will be the effects on our space craft?
    • this is an unknown factor due to the debris in space, a small microscopic speck of dust could rip through the craft or it could just follow along the crafts aerodynamics. Looking at comets and meteors we see that they produce a field in and around themselves and fly through space virtually unharmed. This is due in part to the particles and aerodynamics of its forward motion creating a flow pattern in front of itself. I hesitate to use the word airflow but in essence it is similar in effect.
  • what kind of engine or method of propulsion can we create today to attain these speeds?

2nd Objective to build a space craft around the specifications of the engine or propulsion system.

Our first craft will be an experimental craft just to reach the speed and go the distance (250 au round trip) it might be very small and probably only contain scientific data instruments and fly by remote control the same as all of our current space craft that go no long distances.

  • what material will we use to make the exterior of the space craft?
  • what shape will be the best for our craft?
  • how big will the first space craft be?
  • how many people will it need?
  • what will it weigh?
    • empty weight and max weight capacity?
  • what kind of labs or engineering sections will it need?

What are your ideas? Please submit them to us!

  • you will be compensated handsomely for your ideas if we use them or any part or aspect of it.
  • you may find yourself working for The Center for Starship Research and Development.
  • tell your friends and family you are building the future for humanity to travel to space

Thanks to Universe Today for this table from the post

What is the Distance from Earth to Mars?

  • Dec. 24, 2007 – 88.2 million km (54.8 million miles)
  • Jan. 29, 2010 – 99.3 million km (61.7 million miles)
  • Mar. 03, 2012 – 100.7 million km (62.6 million miles)
  • Apr. 08, 2014 – 92.4 million km (57.4 million miles)
  • May. 22, 2016 – 75.3 million km (46.8 million miles)
  • Jul. 27. 2018 – 57.6 million km (35.8 million miles)
  • Oct. 13, 2020 – 62.1 million km (38.6 million miles)

One AU is the distance from the sun to the Earth, which is about 93 million miles or 150 million kilometers.  Neptune, the most distant planet from the sun, is about 30 AU.

NASA’s Voyager 1, humankind’s most distant spacecraft, is around 125 AU. Scientists believe it entered interstellar space, or the space between stars, on Aug. 25, 2012. Much of interstellar space is actually inside our solar system. It will take about 300 years for Voyager 1 to reach the inner edge of the Oort Cloud and possibly about 30,000 years to fly beyond it.


Authors Note:

In order to reach the edge of our solar system we must have the ability to reach speeds in excess of 27 million MPH. This speed gives us the ability to reach the edge of our solar system in 2 weeks. The edge of our solar system has been determined to be around 9 billion miles. But NASA has stated that it is 11.625 billion miles or 125AU’s. 1 AU = 93 million miles the distance from the sun to the Earth.

The picture below courtesy of NASA: This gives us an idea of the distance we need to cross to begin exploring outside of our tiny planet that we live on.
Artist's concept puts solar system distances in perspective

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