These are items of interest to the interstellar exploration community that we’ve found in our quest for information that will help us advance toward our goals.  If you know of anything we’ve overlooked, or any sources of such information we should monitor, or if you would like to be added to our TVIW-updates mailing list and receive these updates in you email every weekday, please send that information to


May 17, 2018 updates

Radiation Pressure on a Diffractive Sailcraft

Measurements of Radiation Pressure owing to the Grating Momentum

Flying on a Rainbow: A Solar-Driven Diffractive Sailcraft

Expanding cosmological civilizations on the back of an envelope

1I/2017 ‘Oumuamua-like Interstellar Asteroids as Possible Messengers from the Dead Stars

Inner Super-Earths, Outer Gas Giants: How Pebble Isolation and Migration Feedback Keep Jupiters Cold

May 16, 2018 updates

Dynamical Constraints on Nontransiting Planets Orbiting TRAPPIST-1

Theoretical validation of potential habitability via analytical and boosted tree methods: An optimistic study on recently discovered exoplanets

Large Scale Searches for Brown Dwarfs and Free-Floating Planets

Using Deep Space Climate Observatory Measurements to Study the Earth as An Exoplanet

Formation of S-type planets in close binaries: scattering induced tidal capture of circumbinary planets

HATS-59b,c: A Transiting Hot Jupiter and a Cold Massive Giant Planet Around a Sun-Like Star

May 15, 2018 updates

Astrobiology, Discovery, and Societal Impact

Exo-Milankovitch Cycles II: Climates of G-dwarf Planets in Dynamically Hot Systems

An 8 Mearth super-Earth in a 2.2 day orbit around the K5V star K2-216

Tidal Evolution of Kepler lower-mass Planets

Modeling Martian Atmospheric Losses over Time: Implications for Exoplanetary Climate Evolution and Habitability

A search for transiting planets in the β Pictoris system

The dynamical evolution of transiting planetary systems including a realistic collision prescription

May 14, 2018 updates

Project Dragonfly: Sail to the stars

Nanophotonic light sails for relativistic spaceflight by high-power laser beams

Materials challenges for the Starshot lightsail

Propulsion system (possibly applicable to interstellar missions)

Interplanetary spacecraft using fusion-powered constant-acceleration thrust (possibly applicable to interstellar missions)

House spending bill could brighten prospects for two giant telescopes

The Evo-SETI unit of evolution is EE = Earth evolution = 25.575 bit

Two Thousand Kepler Phase Curves from Phasma

Exoplanet recycling in massive white-dwarf debris discs

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