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.
“UNCHARTED” SPACE AND DESTINATIONS
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?
Nomadic Planets Near the Solar System: Detecting the Natural Early Targets for Interstellar Exploration
Asteroid Initiatives, LLC
Exoplanets and Survival Kits. Where to go and what to pack for an Interstellar Voyage.
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?
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
LIFE SCIENCES IN SPACE EXPLORATION
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?
When Biology Meets Exobiology
David Almandsmith; Carmen Nevarez, MD
Searching for Extraterrestrial Life at the Edge of Space
United States Rocket Academy
BECOMING AN INTERSTELLAR CIVILIZATION
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?
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
100 Year Starship
INTERSTELLAR INNOVATIONS ENHANCING LIFE ON EARTH
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?”
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.
Eats: Table on a Starship
DePaul University, Chicago
Miss Q Spacecat
Erika Gasper and Chanda Cummings
PROPULSION AND ENERGY
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.
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
Fermion Re-Inflation of a Schwarzschild Kugelblitz
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
DATA, COMMUNICATIONS AND INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY
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.
Interstellar Links Created by Two Focal Spacecrafts
Claudio Maccone, PhD
International Academy of Astronautics
Loading, Please Wait: Long-Distance Crisis Communications
DESIGNING FOR INTERSTELLAR
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.
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
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.
- Problem and hypothesis
- Experimental design (or literature review)
- 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.