i4is: Extreme Deep Space Exploration – A Personal Perspective

We are pleased to advertise an evening lecture organised and hosted by our sister organisation, the Initiative for Interstellar Studies.

A personal perspective by R Swinney at the The Bone Mill, i4is HQ, Gloucestershire

Date: 27 July 2018
Doors open: 6 pm
Start Time: 7 pm 

Venue: The Bone Mill, i4is HQ, New Street, Charfield, Gloucestershire, GL12 8ES. Registration in advance is not necessary and the event is free to attend. 

Some people are working on how we might really travel to the stars in the near future.  Rob Swinney, i4is, Fellow of the BIS, Project Leader of Project Icarus and former RAF squadron leader will discuss the likely methods and means in a way understandable to all.  In the near future will it be giant nuclear rockets or miniature beamed sails; will it be some private adventurer or nation state – or take some unified world organisation; or will the driving force be peace or war?”

About the speaker: Robert Swinney BSc MSc MIET FBIS CEng RAF (ret’d)

In the 1980s Rob Swinney completed his BSc in Astrophysics at the University of Newcastle and his MSc in Radio Astronomy at the University of Manchester (Jodrell Bank). After several years teaching Craft, Design and Technology at Sherborne School for Boys he returned to his studies and graduated from Cranfield University with a further MSc in Avionics and then undertook a rewarding career in the RAF as an aerosystems engineering officer.  He completed his commission in 2006 having attained the rank of squadron leader.

Rob is a Chartered Engineer, a Member of the Institution of Engineering and Technology and a Fellow of the British Interplanetary Society. His early research was published in Nature and The Astrophysical Journal and later work in the Journal of the BIS.  He was one of the first to join the BIS design study for an interstellar probe, Project Icarus and he is the current Project Leader. He is a member  of the non-profit organisation, Icarus Interstellar, and is co-founder and currently Director Academy of the Initiative for Interstellar Studies.

As a youngster Rob followed the Apollo adventure and the Grand Tours of the Voyager spacecraft. Today, he believes the ‘planets are aligning’ again, and organisations like the Initiative for Interstellar Studies, Icarus Interstellar, Breakthrough Initiatives and, of course, the British Interplanetary Society will prove that although extraordinarily difficult, real steps to interstellar travel are being taken.

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