Starship Engineer Workshops

Postponed: please email with any queries.

Date: 25th and 26th November 2017
Start Time: 10:30 am
End Time: 5:30 pm

Venue: i4is HQ, Bone Mill, New Street, Charfield, Wotton-under-Edge, Gloucester, GL12 8ES, UK

Starship EngineerThe Initiative for Interstellar Studies (a not-for-profit organisation incorporated in the UK) in collaboration with the British Interplanetary Society will deliver an updated Starship Engineer workshop course. We aim to help raise the educational levels of participants so that they can use some of the tools to start assessing deep space exploration concepts and even designing interstellar vessels. Two one day courses have been arranged, and you can either attend one or both, each will be different and important in their own way. Come and join us, and you can become a Starship Engineer!

25th November: Starship Engineer

This course aims to give you a basic grounding in interstellar studies. We go from considering the essential requirements to giving you an overview of different spacecraft systems. We then take you on a journey through several actual starship design studies, and show you how to calculate and evolve an interstellar machine. We will give examples from the literature, but focus on two specific case studies, that of fusion propulsion and laser-sail propulsion, as plausible ways by which we may someday reach the distant stars.

26th November: Science Fiction Starships

The works of science fiction literature have produced many fascinating starship concepts, but how realistic are they? In this one day course we will examine texts such as laser-sails in “The Mote in Gods Eye (Larry Niven and Jerry Pournelle), Torch Ships in “Time for the Stars” (Robert Heinlein), Quantum Ramjets in “The Songs of Distant Earth” (Arthur C Clarke) and other inspirational examples of interstellar vessels. This course will teach you how to evaluate

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