On the 17-18th of May, a workshop on “Fast, Low-Cost, Interplanetary Sailcraft Science Missions” took place in the Neimenster Abbey in Luxembourg, organized by the University of Luxembourg (SnT), Breakthrough Initiatives, and NASA-JPL. Our Executive Director Andreas Hein organized this meeting in his capacity as a professor of space systems engineering at the University of […]
News from the Initiative for Interstellar Studies
In this section you can read some of the latest news from i4is and the world of interstellar studies. If you know of appropriate news please get in touch and it might appear here.
Our Executive Director, Andreas Hein, has been featured in the special edition of Science & Vie, one of the major French science outlets. The article covers the topic of asteroid mining.
Our Venus balloon paper has been featured in Bloomberg Moon Shots. Our Executive Director Andreas Hein, who is also the main author of the study presents our mission study, together with MIT’s Sara Seager. Hein, A. M., Lingam, M., Eubanks, T. M., Hibberd, A., Fries, D., & Blase, W. P. (2020). A precursor Balloon mission […]
We have updated our Project Lyra page, taking our most recent publications and media coverage into account. We have also added an FAQ that addresses the most frequently asked questions about our project. Please have a look and enjoy!
We are proud to report that Project Lyra has been featured in Newsweek and other major media outlets, thanks to the recent paper “Project Lyra: A Mission to 1I/’Oumuamua without Solar Oberth Manoeuvre”.
Another i4is Youtube video, this time an introduction to Project Lyra. The ‘Oumuamua mystery is still not solved: What is ‘Oumuamua? The only way to find out is to fly there. But is that possible? This video answers this question. Error correction: The Earth travels at about 26 km/s with respect to other surrounding stars, […]
i4is’ Andreas Hein has created a short Youtube video to introduce world ships, focusing on the 1984 Bond & Martin designs. Short introduction to “world ships”, possibly the largest interstellar vessels ever designed. They have been proposed by Alan Bond and Anthony Martin in 1984. They are hundreds of kilometres long, house a population the […]
The Board of Directors of the Initiative for Interstellar Studies are aware of statements on social media relating to the Deputy Chair of our Advisory Council, Professor Chris Welch. We have taken time to consider these carefully. Given the serious nature of the allegations, we have asked Professor Welch to step back from his role […]
Sign up for 1st i4is / Limitless Space Institute interstellar course July 26! Details and signup via this link!
Great asteroid mining podcast featuring i4is Executive Director Andreas Hein!
We are very pleased to be back to the International Space University (ISU) for this year’s MSS21 elective on Interstellar World Ships with several i4is researchers such as Andreas Hein, Rob Swinney, John Davies, Dan Fries, Olivia Borgue. The 2-week elective will provide the students with in-depth knowledge on world ships and they will work […]
i4is, in collaboration with researchers from the Florida Institute of Technology, Harvard, and Paris Observatory published a paper, in which they estimate that about 7 interstellar objects are entering the solar system per year. The article has been featured in numerous media outlets: Science Alert, Phys.org, Astrobites, Universe Today, Mashable India, Republic World, Fred Zone. […]