The Design and Operation of the Enzmann Starships

While the Enzmann Starship has become well-known in the world of science fiction, it has not garnered the attention it deserves within the interstellar research community. Learn more about the Enzmann Starship, its design, and the way it impacted the field of space travel as we know it.

In 1949, Robert Enzmann created a watercolor painting of a vehicle for space travel, which he had imagined based on his interstellar reading and research. The vehicle would quickly become known as the “Enzmann Starship.”

The Enzmann Starship relied on a fusion-powered design, complete with a sphere of frozen Deuterium measuring 305 meters. The renderings of the Starship also included a long cylindrical propulsion section joined to the Deuterium sphere with a unique structural column.

The entire Starship would have a launch mass of 3-12 million tons, with much of that weight being propellant, and would be capable of reaching speeds of 30% the speed of light. In his renderings, the Spacecraft utilized a modular design with three main living areas that were cylindrical modules 300 feet wide and long each.

In Dr. Enzmann’s vision for the starship, it was to be manned by a small crew of people (up to 200) who would use the interstellar vehicle to journey to and colonize nearby stars and planets.