The Design and Operation of Enzmann Starships

While the Enzmann Starship had become well-known in the 1970s, it was locked in an attic for safe keeping for over 50 years. You can learn more about the Enzmann Starship, its design, and the way it has withstood the ravages of time to impact the field of space travel as we know it.

In 1947, Robert Enzmann created a vehicle for space travel, which he based on available research, technology, and engineering. It’s become known as the Enzmann Starship.

The Enzmann Starship relied on a fission-fusion-powered design, complete with a sphere of frozen Deuterium measuring 305 meters. It used eight nuclear-pulse-propulsion engines, plus dozens more pulse-engine tugs as utility vehicles in and around the ship. The Enzmann Starships also include long cylindrical habitats joined with the sphere of Deuterium and his signature engineering.

In his renderings, the spacecraft utilized a modular design with three main living areas that were cylindrical modules 300 feet wide and long each. The entire starship would have an orbital 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.

“A true starship is able when reaching a landfall as hospitable as the Earth’s moon to reproduce itself. Yes, this might take a century or more, but it’s fundamental.’ – RDE