The BIS Space Day was an event held at The Hive, Worcester to celebrate space, astronomy and anything astrophysics! This event was open to the public and anyone with an interest in space was welcome to explore the activities on offer. Did you get involved with the BIS Space Day on 5 October? You may […]
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.
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 […]
In issue 25 of Principium, published in May, we challenged i4is members and supporters, and space fans more generally, to mark the 50th anniversary of the first manned Moon landing on 20 July 1969 by writing a poem to show how interstellar exploration can inspire us just as much today as the epic achievement of Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin and Michael Collins did half a century ago, during the Apollo 11 mission.
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 […]