Thermodynamic limits to economic growth on Earth – Can space save us? This new paper argues that continued economic growth on Earth will hit a thermodynamic limit within the third millenium, if economic activities and energy consumption cannot be decoupled. The maximum size would be up to 7000 times the current one. An in-space economy […]
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.
i4is concept for a near-term self-replicating probe – The potential to drastically increase the efficiency of space exploration!https://arxiv.org/ftp/arxiv/papers/2005/2005.12303.pdf. Beautifully illustrated by Adrian Mann!
The ISU – i4is Interstellar Module ended today with four awesome presentations on world ship topics, each one venturing into areas no human has visited before! A big thank you to Prof. Chris Welch and the amazing MSS20 students who worked very hard on this for the last two weeks! Also, thank you to the […]
Thanks to Prof. Chris Welch, International Space University, for the opportunity to co-deliver the Interstellar Module to ISU students this year again! We deliver two-weeks of lectures and hands-on projects on world ships! Members of the Initiative for Interstellar Studies have access to video recordings of the lectures that the i4is crew presented. The videos […]
We are proud to announce that our research on world ships has now been featured in an article on OneZero, “Scientists Are Contemplating a 1,000-Year Space Mission to Save Humanity” by Corin Faife. The article generated a stream of other features such as on Futurism. From the article: There’s no principal obstacle from a physics […]
Our new Project Lyra research was featured in Wired magazine. Project Lyra assesses the feasibility of missions to interstellar objects such as ‘Oumuamua and Borisov.
We are proud to have legendary space artist David A. Hardy among our ranks. He created two wonderful paintings of AI interstellar probes, inspired by the paper by Andreas Hein & Stephen Baxter published in the Journal of the British Interplanetary Society. The probe’s characteristic features are large solar panels at the front for generating […]
We are proud to announce that our article on world ships, huge, self-contained generation ships, has now been published in Acta Futura, the journal of the Advanced Concepts Team of the European Space Agency. The article provides a concise overview of the state of research on world ships and generation ships and touches on the […]
The Initiative for Interstellar Studies (i4is) was delighted to host the second Foundations of Interstellar Studies Workshop (FISW II), between 27 and 30 June 2019 at The Bone Mill, its headquarters in Charfield, Gloucestershire, UK. The workshop was highly successful, with participants discussing many aspects of deep space and interstellar flight, from living in deep […]
The latest issue of our free quarterly newsletter, Principium, is now published. This is our third Membership Issue. On the front cover is a reminder of the recent first imaging of a black hole, a visualisation of the photon trajectories which produced the image.
The Initiative for Interstellar Studies and the British Interplanetary Society are pleased to announce the 2nd Foundation of Interstellar Studies Workshop, which will take place from 27th to 30th of June, at the current headquarters of the i4is, The Bone Mill, on the edge of the wonderful English Cotswolds, in south Gloucestershire, UK. Interstellar Travel is […]
How to design spacecraft and starships… Last chance to book on to our interstellar summer school, which will be held at the Initiative for Interstellar Studies HQ, The Bone Mill, New Street, Charfield, GL12 8ES from Wednesday 15th to Sunday 19th August 2018. For more information see the full advert below and for admission to […]