We live on a planet, which is in orbit around a star, which is in orbit around a galactic centre on a circular journey that takes around 220 million years. The galactic centre is seen in the constellation Sagittarius from our point of view.
We are pleased to report that the launch was a huge success and the balloon flew from Northern Ireland to Oxfordshire. The balloon drifted 100 miles off course but the team were able to recover it. The total flight time was around 3.5 hours.
With the recent box office success of the film ‘interstellar’ many people are excited about the prospects of wormholes as a means for interstellar transport. Although there is currently no evidence that such exotic objects exist in nature, it is possible that they could be artificially created, perhaps from versions of higher dimensional string theory and engineering of the fundamental space-time foam.
The Initiative for Interstellar Studies (i4iS) are proud to bring you our new book, which was edited by Executive Director Kelvin F.Long. This volume, took a year in the making and contains chapter contributions from some of the leading lights in the field of interstellar studies.
It’s been an exciting year for space exploration. We saw the space probe Rosetta encounter a comet, we saw the successful flight of the NASA Orion capsule, and SpaceX continues to impress us all with its tremendous reusable launcher capability. And yet more countless worlds discovered around other stars.
our workshop proposal has been accepted for the Tennessee Valley Interstellar Workshop (TVIW) to be held in Oakridge, Tennessee, USA, this November. Our proposal was selected under theme 1 “near-term and far-term concepts for travelling at interstellar ranges”.
News: We now have three teams that have qualified for the main competition! We are looking forward to welcome more teams for the main challenge! Introduction: Project Dragonfly is a feasibility study for an interstellar mission, conducted by small, distributed spacecraft, propelled primarily by laser sails. The spacecraft shall be capable of reaching the […]
Issue 8 of Principium, the quarterly publication of the Initiative and Institute for Interstellar Studies is now published.