Initiative researcher Austin Tate begins the construction of a virtual meeting room for members of the Initiative to hold technical discussions. With a global network of members, these sorts of tools will be important for the future to ensuring everyone feels involved.
On the 29th September, several invited members of the Initiative for Interstellar Studies took part in a special planning and progress workshop in London. Exciting times ahead.
We are pleased to announce the formation of a new research organisation dedicated to interstellar research. The Initiative for Interstellar Studies (I4IS) will set out to catalyse research and entrepreneurial programs that accelerate our knowledge of science, our application of the technologies, and harmonise our cultures, so that an interstellar capable society can be created this century. Technical credibility, reliability of information and scientific excellence will be essential principles of the Initiative.
This lecture was given by Initiative Executive Director Kelvin F. Long on 29th August at the Head Quarters of the British Interplanetary Society in London. The BIS is the oldest space organisation still in its original form, first founded in 1933.
We have many ideas for what a Starship may look like, but it is too early to really say. Our minds require more time to comprehend the abstract challenges of sending vessels across light years of space, at speeds approaching that of light, for durations that last for years, decades or centuries.
Recently, we heard the sad news that Neil Armstrong had passed away. This was an American Navy fighter pilot, test pilot, astronaut, Moon walker, hero, teacher, accident investigator, pioneer, aerospace engineer, Administrator, Business Director, father and husband, a great human being. How can one person have so many titles? His achievements are best exemplified of course in that period of 1969, when suspended in a sunbeams shadow, he walked across the sea of tranquillity with his good friend Edwin Eugene ‘Buzz’ Aldrin.
We in the Initiative believe that it is possible to create an interstellar capable society this century. We want to see blueprints for both robotic and crewed vessels made, and hopefully someday, for metal to cut metal and the actual Starships constructed. This is an exciting and visionary goal but what better way to spend ones short existence on this Earth, than to spend it in the fulfilment of peaceful human expansion out into space.
Two vital questions often get debated in the interstellar community, how much will an interstellar mission cost and when is it likely to happen? To place this question in context, let us first consider some big program costs in history.