Mars in the Age of New Space Launchers

Date: 28 February – 1 March 2018

Venue: 27/29 South Lambeth Road, London, SW8 1SZ

Call for Papers

The British Interplanetary Society is holding a two-day symposium to explore the emerging possibilities for human Mars exploration and ultimately settlement, as NASA’s SLS rocket approaches its first flight and as competing plans from private industry take shape.

I: Getting There
The first day will consider the transportation systems to reach Mars.  Papers are invited for both specific proposals and consideration of the general technical issues around this subject.  They could cover such areas as an assessment of the feasibility of current projects (both public and private), and whether human Mars exploration should be planned in isolation or be coordinated with other spaceflight activities in the Earth-Moon system.

II: Exploration and Settlement
The second day will consider the consequences and potential for exploitation of the capability to send people to Mars.  Papers are invited on subjects including: strategies for exploration; whether human access to Mars can be made sustainable and growth-capable; a report on recent and ongoing Earth-based Mars simulation experiments and how much further they need to be taken; rationales for colonising Mars; objections to Mars settlement and how serious they may turn out to be.

If you wish to present a paper please provide a title and short abstract (50-200 words) and email your details to the Society.

To book your place please click here.

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