With July 2019 marking the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing, i4is would like to recapture the spirit of exploration that inspired the world in 1969, and focus it onto the new interstellar frontier.
With the recent creation of the new i4is website, along with the newer blogs, we have included a selection of previous Starship Blog posts from our archive which we hope you will enjoy browsing. If you would like to write an article and have it appear on our web site, then get in touch with us.
Ciel et Espace features Stephen Baxter and Andreas Hein’s article on AI for interstellar travel. Ciel et Espace is the most wide-spread French astronomy and space magazine and can be found in almost any kiosk in France.
Our Project Lyra team has published a second paper, showing that missions to ‘Oumuamua are not only possible short-term (2020-2024) but also during the next decades, with launch dates in 2030, 2033, and even later.
Andreas Hein and Stephen Baxter’s paper on AI and interstellar travel is featured in a series of articles in Centauri Dreams.
Artificial intelligence probe design (Image: Adrian Mann) AI has frequently been proposed as a key enabler for interstellar exploration and colonization. However, no comprehensive study of the various AI-enabled concepts for interstellar probes has been conducted to date. This has now changed with a brand-new article by renowned science fiction writer Stephen Baxter and Andreas […]
The AttoSat Manifesto AttoSats in orbit (Image: Efflam Mercier) Despite the advent of CubeSats, PocketQubes, and femto satellites, developing and launching a spacecraft still costs a fortune, the equivalent of buying a house. It also takes years to get from the initial concept to launch. This means that space exploration for education is still only […]
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 […]
The Apkallu Initiative: A Project to build a Minilithic Artefact to Preserve the Knowledge of Human Civilization into Deep Time In the Event of Global Cataclysm We are pleased to announce that Kelvin Long will give this month’s lecture presentation at the Initiative for Interstellar Studies HQ, The Bone Mill, New Street, Charfield, GL12 8ES 2018. […]
We are making rapid advances with Project Lyra, a mission to the interstellar asteroid ‘Oumuamua! Please visit our new Project Lyra website and have a look at the project, publications, and news coverage! More recently, concept artist Maciej Rebisz has created this wonderful image of Project Lyra laser sail spacecraft flying past ‘Oumuamua! How would […]
i4is is happy to announce a new project: Project Lyra. Lyra is the star constellation from which the interstellar asteroid A/2017 U1 came from. According to current information, the object is smaller than 400m in diameter and is currently travelling at 44km/s with respect to the sun, much faster than any human-made object to date. What […]
Dear Friends, Many of us have dreamed of the stars since we were little children, inspired by the tremendous achievements of Project Apollo and others. This vision has pushed us onwards with passion towards the fulfilment of a dream, the likes of which thrills all of our hearts and souls to the core. We […]
This final post is a summary on how the workshop worked out and what the actual intentions and thinking behind it were. Over the last half a dozen years there has been many excellent conferences in the interstellar community. But upon examining these it was found there were several elements that were not necessarily conducive […]