Despite fighting and hardships happening in the Federal Republic of Silistrious, the SFSA aka the Silistrian Federal Space Association, will be launching a manned spacecraft. This is the first time a Silistrian will be in space in over 40 years. Using brand new technology, the SFSA claims that the same mistakes that caused public favor and funding to fall will not happen.
Quintus Acalatus and Jeremy Rodgers, two of the best Cosmonauts in the SFSA, are embarking on a voyage that is estimated to last 20 to 30 years. Quintus Acalatus - 35 and Jeremy Rodgers - 33 will be around 55 to 65 and 53 to 63 respectively when they arrive home. They are to voyage to the near edges of the solar system, collecting data and information no robotic mind can. It is unknown how the timespan in space will effect the two Cosmonauts, but it is believed they will be able to survive.
The spacecraft specifications:
Length: 200 meters
Width: 40 meters
Height: 40 meters
Engines: 3 Radon based Ion-Engines
(Dubbed the Radon Engine)
Emergency Engines: 4 - 1KM by 1KM solar sails
(Solar sails were tested in 1983, one year prior to funding being cut from the SFSA. According to the 1983 recordings, solar sails are a viable system for emergency propulsion)
Cruising Speed: 100.00 KM/S
Confirmed Maximum Speed: 192.37 KM/S
Maximum Speed: 271.82 KM/S
Power Source: 4 Thorium reactors, 8 solar arrays, 24 thermal-energy collectors
(Collects excess heat from reactors and engines to produce energy)
Heat Source: Excess heat from the thermal-energy collectors
(They are currently only 77.92%
However power can be directed from the reactors/solar arrays to heat the spacecraft.
Artificial Gravity: Using cryogenics, extremely powerful magnets are made superconductive. The cryogenics will keep the magnets at near absolute zero temperatures. These magnets create extremely strong magnetic fields which are used as artificial gravity.
(In 1982, the SFSA was able to make small live specimens levitate using similar technology. Thus showing that such technology is capable of producing enough g-force to negate the effects of Earth's own gravity.)
Supplement System: The spacecraft will have an onboard garden in which genetically modified plants will grow at faster rates, providing a food source. The spacecraft will also have a recycling system that recycles human feces.
Liquid Recycling System: The spacecraft will have compressed H2O
onboard which is estimated to last at minimum 10 years. All liquid will be recycled however, including urine. It is believed that if all systems run nominally, there will still be compressed H2O by the time the Cosmonauts return home.
Communications: 5 Delta-R long range communication devices. Capable of working at distances farther than the Oort Cloud.
Here is an interview with Christopher Ronaldson head of the SFSA from 1994 to 1996 and again from 2015 to present,
"Many people are asking us, why was this not possible in the 1980s? Surely a manned mission would have saved the SFSA from defunding. Well to that, I have to say one simple thing. We did not have the technology we do today. I don't know about you, but I know in the 1980s we didn't have Thorium Reactors, Radon based engines, super conductive magnets. Thats just to name a few. We didn't have what we have today. In the 1980s to reach Pluto it'd take almost 15 years. Using Radon Engines it'll take less than 5. As for being saying that they'll not know what has happened in Silistrious by the time they get back, or have not seen their families, we have developed the best communication devices to date. They are capable of sending and receiving communication at full efficiency at distances farther than 100 million miles away. That means it reaches the edges of the Oort Cloud, as its begins only around 93 million miles away. The Cosmonauts won't be going that far, so they will be able to see how Silistrious is handling itself, see their children grow up, watch the latest movies, read the latest books, learn the latest knowledge. If anything major happens, they can always just turn around and come home.
We are currently working on Anti-matter based engines, however currently since we know little about antimatter we cannot say it'll be done anytime soon. We have made anti-elements up to anti-lithium however. Who knows, prehaps by the time these brave men come home, we'll have mastered Anti-matter engines!"