NON BIS: Foundations of Interstellar Studies Workshop #2

Foundations of Interstellar Studies II

A Workshop on Interstellar Flight

Date: 27th – 30th June 2019
Start Time: 18:00
End Time: 20:30
Venue: i4is HQ, Charfield village, near Wootton-under-Edge, GL12 8ES

AT THE START OF THIS NEW MILLENNIUM we face one of the greatest challenges of our age – can we cross the vast distances of space to visit worlds around other stars? At the end of the last century the idea of interstellar travel was considered one of science fiction. In recent times that has changed and interstellar flight has received more interest, particularly since the discovery of many planets outside our Solar System around other stars. In addition, national space agencies and private commercial industry are beginning to turn their attention to the outer planets and beyond. It is time to consider the bold interstellar journey and how we might accomplish it. This challenge presents many difficult technical problems to solve and who better to address them than the global physics community.

The First Foundations of Interstellar Studies workshop took place in New York City in June 2017. The Second Foundations of Interstellar Studies workshop will take place in the county of Gloucestershire, United Kingdom, at the Headquarters of the Initiative for Interstellar Studies (i4is), who are the host organisation along with the partners, the British Interplanetary Society. Previous speakers at this venue have included NASA Apollo 15 astronaut Al Worden, former NASA Ames director Pete Worden, Spaceplanes pioneer David Ashford, Saturn expert Professor Carl Murray, interstellar pioneer Greg Matloff, planetary scientist Professor Ian Crawford, former BIS President Mark Hempsell, artists C Bangs and David A. Hardy and others from the i4is team.

The 2019 workshop will take place in the village of Charfield, near Wootton-under-Edge, GL12 8ES, in the English county of Gloucestershire, on the edge of the historic Cotswolds an area that was also a key part of the first industrial revolution. The Cotswolds are designated an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

The technical component of the workshop will be three days of scientific discussions on interstellar flight, focused on the themes described below. Submissions are invited for presentations at this workshop. See the website for further details on how to submit your abstract and also on how to register

In addition to the formal scientific proceedings, there will also be an opening social event on the evening of Thursday 27th June, starting at 18:00 hours taking place at the i4is HQ. There will also be a workshop dinner on Saturday 29th June starting at 19:00 hours at a venue to be announced.

The three themes for the workshop for each day includes:


This theme includes space habitats on moons or planets. It may also include existing on small exploration vessels, living within medium-sized slow boats or large world ships that travel over interstellar distances. The assumption is that for vessels that require human occupation for travel times which are equivalent to or exceed a human lifetime.


This includes technologies that will take our probes outside of the Solar System, beyond the Voyagers and to interstellar or intergalactic distances. This may include beaming systems and energetic reactions engines such as fusion and also exotic systems such as antimatter.

Propulsion concepts which include an application of known physics will be considered. Not considered here would be concepts which only enable orbital or interplanetary travel.


This includes a consideration for constructions that are the size of moons or planets, such as planetary/stellar engineering initiatives like Dyson-Stapledon spheres, Stellar Engines, Matrioska brains, Ring Worlds and other innovative inventions. This may also include the possibility of constructing gravitybased engines from spacetime geometry such as wormholes.


The event is organised by the Co-Chairmen for the meeting which includes:

Kelvin F Long, Initiative for Interstellar Studies, Stellar Engines, UK

Rob Swinney, Initiative for Interstellar Studies, UK

Harold ‘Sonny’ White, NASA Lyndon B Johnson Space Center, USA

An invitation will be made to submit papers from selected authors postconference, to the Journal of the British Interplanetary Society (JBIS) and/or publication in the official conference proceedings.


Speakers Selected to Date:

Philip Lubin, Directed Energy – The Path to Interstellar Flight

Mark Hempsell, Colonies and World Ships

Kelvin F Long, Microwave Beam Driven Worldship

Harold ‘Sonny’ White, Dynamic Vacuum Model and Casimir Cavity Experiments

Remo Garattini, Traversable Wormholes and the Casimir Effect

Charles Swanson, Direct Fusion Drive for the Gravitational Lens Mission

Al Jackson, A Neutrino Beacon

Gregory Matloff, Is the Kuiper Belt Inhabited?


For further information, please contact the workshop Secretary:

Samar AbdelFattah, University of Cairo Aerospace Department, Egypt – Email: [email protected]

This event has been sponsored by Stellar Engines Ltd, Interstellar Research Centre.

For more information on this event, please download: Foundations_Workshop_Flyer


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