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Christmas Get-Together

Christmas Get-Together

£20.00

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Date: 6 December 2017

Start Time: 6.30 pm
End Time: 8.30 pm

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

This informal event provides an excellent opportunity to meet with friends again and talk with Society representatives.

The price is £20, including refreshments. Each member may obtain a ticket for one guest.

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Event Reservation for Non-Members

Event Reservation for Non-Members

£10.00

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Mars in the Age of New Space Launchers

Mars in the Age of New Space Launchers

£25.00

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 email your details to the Society.

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The Fermi Paradox

The Fermi Paradox

£25.00

Date: 28th November 2017
Start Time: 10 am (Registration from 9.30 am)
End Time: 4.30 pm

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

The British Interplanetary Society (BIS) will host a one day symposium to discuss the problems posed by the Fermi Paradox. The format will be similar to the well attended and liked symposium on ‘Future Histories and Forecasting’ held on the 25th January this year, with 10-12 speakers, refreshment breaks and lunch supplied.  

The history and basic ideas of the Fermi Paradox (1950) are well known. Also, the Drake method (1961) of calculating the possible number of intelligent civilizations in the galaxy (mis-named an ‘equation’ rather than ‘formula’, which better describes it) is also familiar as an indicator of the acuteness of the problem posed by Fermi. After well over fifty years, the problem posed by the apparent absence of intelligent extra-terrestrials is no nearer an agreed credible solution than at the start. None of the terms in the Drake ‘equation’ have even been inarguably evaluated.

As Arthur C Clarke pointed out, the definite knowledge of the presence or absence of intelligent extra-terrestrials will be sensational, whichever it is. As the current trend in thinking is tending to the latter answer (we are alone), it would seem that we are either the first or that the lifetime of human technical civilization is likely to be very short. The time has come to review the facts as they appear at the moment and to discuss their implications.

The symposium will be chaired by Alistair Scott and Gerry Webb and presenters confirmed so far (in alphabetical order) are: Stephen Ashworth, Alan Bond, Mike Fisher, Dave Gifford, Maurizio Morabito, Tom Toner, Gerry Webb and Ian Whates.

 

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