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BIS Summer Get-Together£0.00
Date: 22 July 2017
Start Time: 1.30 pm
End Time: 6 pm
Venue: The Observatory Science Centre, Herstmonceux, Hailsham, East Sussex, BN27 1RN
Guest of Honour: TBA
Join us at the spectacular and historic Herstmonceux Observatory Science Centre for the Society’s AGM, followed by an afternoon social and picnic. Catch up with BIS friends and bring all the family for a relaxing afternoon at the Observatory.
The focus of the afternoon will be the social, with a series of interesting short talks. There will be fun activities for all the family, and a raffle of tempting space-related prizes will be held. If you feel like donating any space-related prize, perhaps an unwanted book or a piece of space memorabilia, please let us know.
Tickets are available at £15 each, raising money for the Society, with under 16s free. The ticket price includes access to the Observatory and a guided tour. Bring all your own food and drink, a picnic rug and chairs. To book your tickets please see below.
Directions to the site can be found at www.the-observatory.org. For Satnav, please use the co-ordinates 50.868585, 0.348961 and not the site’s postcode.
We are arranging a car-share scheme, so if you have any spaces available, please let us know the number of seats and your route, or if you would like a lift, please advise us of your location. We’ll do our best, but no promises! Email [email protected]
We look forward to seeing you there for what is sure to be a memorable afternoon!
Event Reservation for Non-Members£10.00
Symposium on Space Elevators£25.00
Date: 7 November 2017
Start Time: 9.30 am
End Time: 5:30 pm
Venue: 27/29 South Lambeth Road, Vauxhall, London, SW8 1SZ
Sponsored by the BIS and the International Space Elevator Consortium (ISEC)
The space elevator has captured the imagination of scientists and writers for decades. The transition to low-cost, low-energy access to space via a smooth, gentle ride on an elevator has been compared to the transition from the horse-drawn carriage to the railways. The necessary strong, light-weight material remains elusive, but progress has been made in a number of areas, particularly understanding the minimum requirements and a better grasp of the dynamics. A good summary is found in JBIS, 69, no.6-7, June-July 2016.
Speakers are invited to submit presentation proposals for talks of up to 40 minutes duration on topics related to space elevators. The scope may include marketing, finance, management, history (past and future) and science fiction, as well as scientific and technological topics such as materials research, climbers, power transmission, simulation and space debris. Presentations will also be considered on associated technologies: these may include other techniques for establishing fixed infrastructure such as the orbital ring and versions of the launch loop.
John Knapman, PhD, FBIS
Director of Research, ISEC
Member, ISEC & BIS
Please send details of your proposed presentation to [email protected] before end-July 2017. Proposal acceptance will be by mid-September 2017.