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.
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.
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 […]
Some people are working on how we might really travel to the stars in the near future. Rob Swinney, i4is, Fellow of the BIS, Project Leader of Project Icarus and former RAF squadron leader will discuss the likely methods and means in a way understandable to all. In the near future will it be giant […]
The latest issue of our free interstellar magazine, Principium, is now out! This time in our introduction feature, Tishtrya Mehta tells us how to park an interstellar rocket. Read that and much more including book reviews and news features in Principium 21!
Our President Kelvin Long and Elena Ancona have participated in the Breakthrough Discuss panel on Progress in Novel Space Propulsion. More information about Breakthrough Discuss 2018 under this link. The video recording of the panel can be found here.
Have you ever wanted to know how to design spacecraft and starships? Would you like to get access to the latest information on technology developments relevant to advanced space propulsion, artificial intelligence and astronomy? Would you like to understand what the implications for going interstellar are for the outer space treaty? Now is your chance […]
The latest issue of our free interstellar magazine Principium is now out! This time, we present Project Lyra, a feasibility study for a mission to the interstellar asteroid ‘Oumuamua. The amazing cover painting was made by our concept artist Efflam Mercier, showing an astronaut bouncing off the surface of an interstellar asteroid flying past the […]