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Interstellar Education

This research is a thoughtful and anticipatory look at what education in broad strokes will mean in the coming centuries as humans embark on generational spaceships and create off-world settlements.

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Data Communication and Information Technology

Sending & receiving information by interstellar travelers or robotic vehicles requires development new methods to traverse the vast emptiness between stars.

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Poster Session

NEW for 2014! Our Poster Session offers you the opportunity to share your ideas on any of our technical track subjects.

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2014 Technical Tracks

2014 Technical Tracks highlight expanded consideration of design, new directions in education, interstellar information technology and communication methods and adds a Poster Session. Special Sessions and Plenaries include new workshops and classes, topics of Plan B, Space Elevator, Space Treaties & Policy, Accelerating Creativity, international and commercial space, tours, member activities and collaborative, Transdisciplinary approaches to capability building and commitment.


Understanding the interstellar medium and the composition of exosolar systems is vital as we contemplate travel to the stars. In addition, as our gaze is drawn many light years away, focusing on closer objectives as stepping stones to deep space will be essential. Beyond Mars, what missions should be designed to eventuate successful travel to another star? How should potential destinations be evaluated? What do we know and how do we learn more about space between the stars?

Track Chair: David Alexander, PhD

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Nomadic Planets Near the Solar System: Detecting the Natural Early Targets for Interstellar Exploration

Marshall Eubanks

Asteroid Initiatives, LLC

Exoplanets and Survival Kits. Where to go and what to pack for an Interstellar Voyage.

Pauli Laine

University of Jyväskylä


The journey beyond our solar system will overwhelm current educational practices. Commonly held beliefs and understandings of “learning” must and will be challenged. It is probable that humans have huge untapped capacities. Innovative learning tools and educational structures are needed for syntheses of ever-increasing information. The interstellar education platform will drive new knowledge of the universe and the development of the workforce that can create all that will be needed for interstellar travel. What are these new educational paradigms? What is education’s role-formal and informal-in producing interstellar citizens?

Track Chair: Kathleen Toerpe, PhD

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Education in Space – A Chance for Utopia

Janet de Vigne

University of Edinburgh

Broadening the Perspective of Undergraduate Students to Prepare them for Interstellar Travel: First Steps

Barbara Maher Schuessler, PhD;  John Schuessler

Red Rocks Community College


As “Earth-evolved” humans, plants and other life forms travel deeper in space, we must understand much more about the fundamentals of life mechanisms. We must prepare for radical shifts in nutrition, potential therapeutics, growth and development, physiology and ethics. Concurrently, as we search for life beyond the earth we may need to re-evaluate our perspective of what is defined as “life”. Also, how might we use the interstellar environment itself for life science research?

Track Chair: Yvonne D. Cagle, MD

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When Biology Meets Exobiology

David Almandsmith; Carmen Nevarez, MD

Khotso Consulting

Searching for Extraterrestrial Life at the Edge of Space

Edward Wright

United States Rocket Academy 


Are humans driven to search beyond our knowledge base? How and in response to what do we create the belief systems that guide us? Interstellar travel is not just about the physical trip, but must include the journey civilizations take together. Who will we be and what will define our societies, morality, ethics, cultures, laws, economies, relationships and identities?

Track Chair: John C. McKnight, JD, PhD

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The 100YSS as a Potential Chrysalis within a “Universal State”

Paul Ziolo, PhD

University of Liverpool

Breaking Bad: Creating Predictive Models for Psychological Breaking Points During Long-term Space Travel

Alires Almon, MA

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Technology progresses in small increments and by leaps and bounds. Often the biggest steps forward are through the invention and innovation required to meet grand challenges. Interstellar travel represents such a challenge that may spur new economies, combat climate change, address heretofore incurable diseases. This session asks “What are these innovations and how can we deploy these to enhance life here on Earth?”

Track Chair: Dan Hanson

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Minimal Requirements for a Fully Autonomous Health Care in a Closed System

Kurt Zatloukal, MD

Medical University of Graz

Removing Atmospheric Carbon Dioxide Using Terraforming Technology

Randall Morris Chung

Institute for Interstellar Studies


Great ideas arise through unique individual observations, from people of all ages and educational backgrounds. The Poster Sessions are an opportunity to present snapshots of these early concepts and experiments. Poster sessions are a great forum to communicate any commercial opportunities in space or here on earth and seek like-minded collaborators or investors. Presentation in the poster format allows in-depth discussion in a small group setting. Topics are open.

Track Chair: Timothy Meehan, PhD

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Eats: Table on a Starship

David Wilson

DePaul University, Chicago

Miss Q Spacecat

Erika Gasper and Chanda Cummings


How fast and how far can we travel? Fundamental breakthroughs in propulsion and energy are required for interstellar travel to be feasible. To overcome the formidable time-distance barrier for travel between stars, robust leaps in theory and engineering for energy production, control and storage must occur, as well as the advancement and demonstration of propulsion techniques.

Track Co-Chair: Eric W. Davis, PhD Track Co-Chair: Hakeem Oluseyi, PhD

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Thermonuclear Operation Space Lift

Friedwardt Winterberg, PhD

University of Nevada, Reno

The Magnetic Reconnection Rocket: Advanced Ion Propulsion Inspired by Solar Particle Acceleration

David Chesney, PhD; Hakeem Oluseyi, PhD;  Norton Brice Orange, PhD; Dave Valletta

Florida Institute of Technology

Industrial Production of Antimatter in the Van Allen Belts

Sumontro Sinha


Fermion Re-Inflation of a Schwarzschild Kugelblitz

Jeffrey Lee

Crescent School/Baylor University/XP4

Novel Method to Store Charged Antimatter particles for Interstellar Propulsion

Marc Weber, PhD; Kelvin Lynn, PhD; Alireza Narimannezhad, Joshah Jennings, Chandrasekar Minnal

Washington State University


Sending and receiving information by interstellar travelers or robotic vehicles requires development new methods to traverse the vast emptiness between stars. Additionally, in the absence of routine and timely communication with Earth, a probe or traveler must be self-sufficient in gathering, generating, compiling, storing, analyzing and retrieving data while ensuring these systems are operational over the lifetime of the mission and beyond.

Track Chair: Ron Cole

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Interstellar Links Created by Two Focal Spacecrafts

Claudio Maccone, PhD

International Academy of Astronautics

Loading, Please Wait: Long-Distance Crisis Communications

Jaym Gates



Design for interstellar probes and crewed vehicles must address the unique characteristics and extreme environment of interstellar space. The equipment, structures, tools, materials, buildings, furniture, cleaning and maintenance processes, clothing-the accouterments of life and work-surround and create an environment. This environment protects, nourishes and facilitates daily activities. For most living things, their environment must fulfill many physical needs and for higher order creatures, physical, mental and emotional requirements need be met as well. Understanding, optimizing and manufacturing design to make these aspects of daily activities sustainable are critical for any hope of successful interstellar flight-with a living crew or robotic probes.

Track Chair: Karl Aspelund, PhD

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In Space No One Can Hear You Deal: An Analysis of Options for the Organization of Economic Activity on Generational Ships and Exploration of Potential Impacts of Alternative Resource Management Materials

Victoria Adams, PhD; Cenk Tunasar; Mark Gerner; Walter Jansen

Booz Allen Hamilton

Life Support for a Multigenerational Starship

Harry Jones, PhD


Military Planning for Interstellar Flight

Kenneth Wisian, PhD

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In order to provide a broader audience the opportunity to present their ideas, there will be on option to present a poster for your submission. All authors are welcome to present in the Poster session. Individuals can submit for poster session only. A Track Chair may also select submissions for a poster presentation. Individuals or companies advertising a service, technology or product can submit for poster only presentations. If you are a commercial entity, the poster session may be the perfect opportunity to present you idea.

Each poster must fit into the 100YSS mission and provide a valid line of inquiry.
The final submission should be 4ft x 4ft or 122 cm x 122 cm.


Submissions can be perspectives on the central dogma, experimental results, and review of a specific topic. You must ensure that it fits the track topic to which you are submitting. Individual presentations will only be presented in one track. Individuals do not have to be associated with an institution to submit an abstract. Please note that materials should be non-commercial in content, any commercial presentation that communicates a service, technology or product can be submitted to our poster session.

Submissions will be reviewed based on bona fide field of inquiry/thought/research that derive from validated in patents, literature, mathematics or practice. The data submitted should represent one or more of the following:

  • Actual data or background search generated presents a challenge to current dogma or asks a significant question
  • Data moves the field forward or clarifies some aspect of the field
  • Solves a problem acknowledged in the field
  • Provides a novel, well supported integration and/or review of field and proposes specific concept

Submitted abstracts are well written, 300 word, concise and includes a statement of the following items. If actual data, results and conclusions are not available, please provide a well though out plan for how the information will be generated.

  • Background
  • Problem and hypothesis
  • Experimental design (or literature review)
  • Data
  • Results
  • Conclusions and Discussion

For Social Science submissions, (e.g. Interstellar Education,  Becoming an Interstellar Civilization Tracks, etc. ), the following guidelines apply for the abstract, presentation and paper submissions. The submissions should:

  • Articulate the issue or research question to be discussed,
  • Indicate the methodological or critical framework used, and
  • Indicate the findings or conclusions to be presented and/or the relevance to wider conference themes.

Presentations and papers can present any kind of research or analysis, but it should be written so that the importance of the work can be understood by reviewers working in different disciplines or using different approaches.  Cross- or trans-discipline work is especially encouraged.


Final Papers are due 17 October

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Poster presenters, please provide a digital copy of your poster.

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