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B Going beyond solar system with high speed

  1. Feb 17, 2017 #1
    Hey guys,

    Is it possible to travel with high speed beyond a solar system or a galaxy? Or is there something that will prevent something to move at high speed outside a solar system or a galaxy?
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  4. Feb 17, 2017 #3

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    How fast is "high speed"?
    How far is beyond?
    Is this a physical quesstion or a technological question?
  5. Feb 17, 2017 #4
    FYI, solar sails are estimated to reach 0.1c relative to the solar system. I'm assuming that counts as "fast".
  6. Feb 18, 2017 #5


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    A suitable rocket could achieve what you say but you can do the same thing by using a Slingshot Orbit (see this link) which uses the momentum of the outer planets give spacecraft an extra boost so they do not need to carry so much fuel for a given payload.
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