Thursday, September 15, 2011

100 Year Starship Study Public Symposium

NASA's Ames Research Center in California and the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency will host a public symposium for the 100 Year Starship Study. The symposium will take place Sept. 30 - Oct. 2, 2011, in Orlando, Fla. Registration to attend the symposium is free and open to the public.

The 100 Year Starship Study aims to stimulate students, academia, industry, researchers and the public to consider possibilities and issues surrounding long-duration, long-distance spaceflight.

This endeavor will require an understanding of questions such as: how do organizations evolve and maintain focus and momentum for 100 years or more; what models have supported long term technology.

The 100 YSS public symposium will feature presentations of papers and panel discussion in seven relevant tracks related to interstellar travel:

-- Time-Distance Solutions -- Propulsion, time/space manipulation and/or dilation, near speed of light navigation, faster than light navigation, observations and sensing at near speed of light or faster than light
Track Chair: Dr. Jim Benford

-- Habitats and Environmental Science -- To have gravity or not, space and radiation effects, environmental toxins, energy collection and use, agriculture, self-supporting environments, optimal habitat sizing
Track Chair: Dr. Chris McKay |

-- Biology and Space Medicine -- Physiology in space, psychology in space, human life suspension (e.g., cryogenic), medical facilities and capabilities in space, on-scene (end of journey) spawning from genetic material
Track Chair: Dr. Neal Pellis

-- Education, Social, Economic and Legal Considerations -- Education as a mission, who goes, who stays, to profit or not, economies in space, communications back to Earth, political ramifications, round-trip legacy investments -- assets left behind
Track Chair: Dr. Mae Jemison

-- Destinations -- Criteria for destination selection, what do you take, how many destinations and missions, probes versus journeys of faith
Track Chair: Dr. Jill Tarter

-- Philosophical and Religious Considerations -- Why go to the stars, moral and ethical issues, implications of finding hospitable worlds, implications of finding life elsewhere, implications of being left behind
Track Chair: Mr. Stewart Brand

-- Communication of the Vision -- Storytelling as a means of inspiration, linkage between incentives, payback and investment, use of movies, television and books to popularize long-term research, long-term journeys
Track Chair: Dr. Harry Kloor

In addition, the symposium will feature a science fiction authors' panel discussion, special social events and an exhibit hall.

For more information about the 100 Year Starship Study and the public symposium, please visit the website at: http://www.100yss.org.

If you have questions about the study or the public symposium, please email your inquiries to info@100yss.org.