Upcoming Technical Committee Events

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The Philosophy of the Starship 27th May 2013 Organised in collaboration with the Institute for Interstellar Studies.
This is a symposium on the philosophy of the Starship. At some point in the future, human kind will build robotic and human carrying vessels which will go beyond the solar system, out into interstellar space and onto visit worlds around other stars. As we prepare our civilization to embark on this exciting journey to establish the new frontier, it is worth pausing to think, and consider how we should plan these bold and ambitious missions. That planning begins now. History has shown examples of societies who built great vessels for similar purpose, such as the Portuguese Caravel sailing ships which were launched in the 1400’s and used for 300 years hence to explore the coast of Africa. The Italian explorer Christopher Columbus set sail across the Atlantic Ocean in an expedition of three such ships in 1492, hoping to find a route to India to trade for spices. His mission was funded by King Ferdinand II and Queen Isabella of Spain. The result was his discovery of the New World. Similarly, HMS Challenger set out in 1872 on a three year scientific exercise to lay the foundations of oceanography, going on to discover 4,000 previously unknown species. For the future Starships, what sort of vessels should we send and what will be their function? how should they be constructed, financed and governed? What sort of technology should such vessels contain? What are the risk/benefits for making the trip? What are the implications for the future evolution of those star faring humans that made the voyage? Who should go, why and what characteristics should these Starship humans have? What will we discover when we get there? Do we understand what is meant by the romantic phrase “Starship”? The Institute for Interstellar Studies™ has organized this symposium in collaboration with the Journal of the British Interplanetary Society. We invite innovative and thought provoking papers which explore these ideas.

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Project Icarus 21/22 October 2013 Organised in collaboration with the Icarus Interstellar.
This will be a progress update on Project Icarus. The design team will show the results of numerous calculations to date and this will include showing the results of the design work. The concept design for the Icarus vehicle will be shown for the first time and the members attending will be invited to scrutinise the design work and add value to the effort prior to the team moving into the preliminary design stages. Members of the team will be expected to attend from across the world and this is sure to make for an exciting two days. All papers presented will be from members of the Project Icarus Study Group only.

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Project 2033 November 2013 Organised in collaboration with the Journal of the British Interplanetary Society (JBIS).
Information about this exciting new project will be announced shortly.

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Project BEETLE To be announced Organised in collaboration with the Journal of the British Interplanetary Society (JBIS).
Information about this exciting new project will be announced shortly.
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