An interesting — if sketchy — report from the website of futurist Ray Kurweil about a joint DARPA-NASA project on interstellar travel:
NASA Ames Director Simon â€œPeteâ€ Worden revealed Saturday that NASA Ames has â€œjust started a project with DARPA called the Hundred Year Starship,â€ with $1 million funding from DARPA and $100K from NASA.
â€œYou heard it here,â€ said Worden at â€œLong Conversation,â€ a Long Now Foundation event in San Francisco. â€œWe also hope to inveigle some billionaires to form a Hundred Year Starship fund,â€ Dr. Worden added. (No further details on this are available from NASA at this time.)
â€œThe human space program is now really aimed at settling other worlds,â€ he explained. â€œTwenty years ago you had to whisper that in dark bars and get fired.â€ (Worden was in fact fired by President George W. Bush, he also revealed.)
The rest of the post deals with beamed propulsion and electric plane projects.