Foundations of Interstellar Studies Workshop 2019

Organising Committee:

  • Co-Chairman: Kelvin F. Long, Initiative for Interstellar Studies, Stellar Engines, UK.

  • Co-Chairman: Rob Swinney, Initiative for Interstellar Studies, UK.

  • Co-Chairman: Harold ‘Sonny’ White, NASA Lyndon B Johnson Space Center, USA.

  • Secretary: Samar AbdelFattah, University of Cairo Aerospace Department, Egypt.

  • Logistical Planning: John Davies, Initiative for Interstellar Studies, UK.

  • Promotions: Alex Storer, Initiative for Interstellar Studies, UK.

 ABOUT THE WORKSHOP

The 2019 workshop will take place in the village of Charfield, near Wootton-under-Edge, in the English county of Gloucestershire, a part of the historical Cotswolds which was an area that was a key part of the industrial revolution. This is an area designated of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

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The technical component of the workshop will take place at the Bone Mill, which since October 2017 has been the Headquarters of the UK non-profit the Initiative for Interstellar Studies. There will be three days of scientific discussions on interstellar flight, focussed on the themes of (1) Living in Deep Space (2) Advanced Propulsion Technology & Missions (3) Building Architectural Megastructures. Further details on these sessions:-


Living in Deep Space

This includes space habitats on moons or planets. It may also include existing on small exploration vessels, living within medium slow boats or large world ships that travel over interstellar distances. The assumption is that any vessels that require human occupation have travel times which are equivalent to or exceed a human lifetime.

Advanced Propulsion Technology, Missions

& foundational physics

This includes technologies that will take our probes to the farthest extents of our Solar System, beyond the Voyagers to near interstellar space, and onto nearby star systems. This may include beaming systems, energetic reactions engines such as fusion and also exotic systems such as antimatter. Propulsion concepts which include an application of known physics will be considered. Mission application concepts are sought that span the gambit of deep space exploration within the solar system, such as human missions to the outer planets, interstellar precursor missions, and missions to nearby star systems. Foundational physics concepts with a proper grounding in understood physics are sought that may facilitate better understandings of the natural world and hence may provide avenues for more effective power and propulsion approaches that would make interstellar aspirations more feasible.

building archetictural Megastructures

This includes a consideration for constructions that are the size of moons or planets, such as planetary/stellar engineering initiatives like Dyson-Stapledon spheres, Stellar Engines, Matrioska brains, Ring Worlds and other innovative inventions. This may also include the possibility of constructing gravity-based engines from space-time geometry such as worm holes.

The three days will be represented by a diverse and international collection of scientists all working on different elements of the interstellar problem. The speakers will be announced here in due course as they are selected and the order of presenting will be arranged later:

SESSION ONE: LIVING IN DEEP SPACE

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SESSION TWO: ADVANCED PROPULSION TECHNOLOGY & MISSIONS

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SESSION THREE: building architectural MEGASTRUCTURES

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 In addition to the formal scientific proceedings, there will also an opening social event on the evening of Thursday 27th June, starting at 18:00 hours taking place at the Bone Mill. There will also be a formal conference dinner on Saturday 29th June starting at 19:00 hours at a venue to be announced.

An invitation will be made to submit papers from selected authors post-conference, to the Journal of the British Interplanetary Society (JBIS) and/or publication in the official conference proceedings. More information will be posted to this site as the planning develops.