World Ships: The Long Journey to the Stars

THIS IS A PAST EVENT – HYPERLINKS AND FORMS HAVE BEEN REMOVED

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Date: 17 August 2011

Start Time: 9:30 am
End Time: 4:30 pm

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

In 1984 JBIS published papers considering the design of a World ship. This is a very large vehicle many tens of kilometres in length and having a mass of millions of tons, moving at a fraction of a per cent of the speed of light and taking hundreds of years to millennia to complete its journey. It is a self-contained, self-sufficient ship carrying a crew that may number hundreds to thousands and may even contain an ocean, all directed towards an interstellar colonisation strategy. A symposium is being organised to discuss both old and new ideas in relation to the concept of a World Ship. This one day event is an attempt to reinvigorate thinking on this topic and to promote new ideas and will focus on the concepts, cause, cost, construction and engineering feasibility as well as sociological issues associated with the human crew. All presentations are to be written up for submission to a special issue of JBIS. Submissions relating to this topic or closely related themes are invited. Interested persons should submit a title and abstract to the Executive Secretary.

Programme

09:00   Registration

09:30   Welcome by K.F. Long

Session 1: Engineering & Science of World Ships – Chair K.F. Long

09:40   The Enzmann Starships – History and Engineering Appraisal – Kelvin F Long, Adam Crowl, Richard K Obousy

10:15   Communications Between Worldships – Pat Galea

10:50   Coffee Break

11:05   World Ships: The Solar-Photon Sail Option – Gregory L Matloff

11:40   World Ships – Architectures & Feasibility Revisited – Andreas Hein

12:15   Lunch

Session 2: Motivations, Finance & Sociology – Chair: P.Galea

13:15   Why World Ships? – Gerry Webb

13:50   A Development Roadmap for the Worldship – Stephen Ashworth

14:25   Coffee Break

14:40   Policing and Security for World Ships – Alex Calvo, John P Sullivan

15:15   On the Financing of World Ships & Other Gigascale Space Projects – Frederik Ceyssens, Maarten Driesen, Kristof Wouters

15:50   Roundup Discussion by P. Galea

16:30   End

This symposium has been arranged by the British Interplanetary Society’s Technical Committee

Registration

First Named Authors £25.00
BIS Member £60.00
Delegate £70.00
Student* £35.00

*Please provide a copy of your student ID card.

To register online please click here or to download a registration form click here.

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