Shkadov Thrusters: Method of Moving Stars

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This project will be the creation of a 3D-animated and narrated video on Shkadov thrusters. The idea of a Shkadov thruster was first proposed by the physicist Leonid Shkadov in his 1987 paper entitled "Possibility of controlling solar system motion in the galaxy." A Shkadov thruster would involve building an unimaginably enormous mirror besides a star out of the materials present in that particular star system. We'll begin the video by first discussing how such a device works. After that, we'll discuss the possible uses of a Shkadov thruster including: replacing the Sun with a new star before five billion years when the Sun dies; moving our solar system in order to avoid nearby passes with adjacent star systems; and how highly advanced K2 and K3 civilizations could uses Shkadov thrusters to move solar systems and even entire galaxies. The script to this video will be based on an article I wrote on my website (gregschool.org) entitled Shkadov Thruster. You can check out that article by visiting the following link: https://www.gregschool.org/gregschoollessons/2017/9/21/shkadov-thruster-ljar4-xp8c5

Gregory Leal

Founder, CEO, & Script Writer

Hello everybody, this is Greg! I'll be responsible for writing the script for the video. In the past year, I've written nearly 100 articles on physics, mathematics, and space travel. You can find my complete portfolio of written articles by visiting my website.

Neil Blevins

Art & Video Director

Neil is a professional artist who works for Pixar and has helped produce artwork for many high-profile movies such as The Incredibles. He specializes in scifi and fantasy artwork. You can check out his complete portfolio of artwork here. For our Kick Starter project, Neil will be responsible for creating all of the graphic designs, animations, and artwork. To see some of Neil's artwork which will be used in the video on Shkadov thrusters, check out this link.

 

 

 

 

 

Risks and challenges

Like any other project, there are many risks and challenges which come with creating high-quality, animated educational videos. The first, and the biggest, is funding the project. To create the kind of animated educational videos that we'd like to, we need funding to hire an artist and a voice actor. Since I am the script writer and since I am able to support myself, the additional cost of hiring a script writer is not factored into the budget. The total cost of producing this video will likely be around $6,000; but I am asking for much less than this estimated cost because I am willing to cover the remainder costs with the money in my own personal savings even if that means spending the full $6,000. The difficulty is that we'd like to make many videos (not just one) and, to accomplish this, we'll need funding. To overcome the challenge of funding this project (and indeed future projects involving creating more videos), we're asking for your help!

Another challenge is hiring the right team for the project. This obstacle, however, is something which I believe will be overcome because we have a team of some of the most talented people in the world. The artist, Neil Blevins, is an award-winning artist who helps make amazing artwork for Pixar and many award-winning movies. Neil will be the perfect artist for the job since he specializes in artwork based on alien environments.

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