2011 Public Symposium
Focused Attention on Future Scientific Challenges
Discussions at the first 100 Year Starship Public Symposium focused on identifying and discussing future scientific challenges. The event promoted a compelling dialog among academia, business, the public, and government about issues related to long term, long distance space exploration with the intent that the knowledge gained would be directly relevant to the Department of Defense. People from all over the world gathered at the Hilton Orlando Convention Center in Orlando, Florida to discuss a wide array of topics covering time-distance problems and solutions, habitats, financing and organization of the Initiative, and philosophical topics, among many others.
Panels & Paper Topics
There were several presentation tracks, each being led by a distinguished and knowledgeable track chair.
Time and Distance Solutions
Chaired by Jim Benford, PhD, President, Microwave SciencesPropulsion, time/space manipulation and/or dilation, near speed of light navigation, faster than light navigation, observations and sensing at near speed of light or faster than light.
Habitats and Environmental Science
Chaired by Chris McKay, PhD. NASA Ames, Planetary ScientistTo have gravity or not, space and radiation effects, environmental toxins, energy collection and use, agriculture, self-supporting environments, optimal habitat sizing.
Biology and Space Medicine
Chaired by Neal Pellis, PhD, USRAPhysiology in space, Psychology in space, human life suspension (e.g. cryogenic), medical facilities and capabilities in space, on-scene (end of journey), spawning from genetic material.
Education, Social, Economic and Legal Considerations
Chaired by Mae Jemison, MD, The Jemison Group, Inc.Education as a mission, who goes, who stays, to profit or not, economies in space, communications back to Earth, political ramifications, round trip legacy investments and assets left behind.
Chaired by Jill Tarter, PhD, SETI ResearchCriteria for destination selection, what to take, how many destinations and missions, probes versus journeys of faith.
Philosophical and Religious Considerations
Chaired by Steward Brand, Co-Founder and Director of The Long Now FoundationWhy go to the stars, moral and ethical issues, implications of finding hospitable worlds, implications of finding life elsewhere, implications of being left behind.
Communication of the Vision
Chaired by Harry Kloor, PhD, Jupiter 9 ProductionsStorytelling as a means of inspiration, linkage between incentives, payback and investment, uses of movies, television and books to popularize long term research, long term journeys.
select papers & presentations
Nuclear Thermal Propulsion
G. Landis, NASA Glen Research Center
A Necessary Condition for Practical Communications at Cosmic Distances
A Hypothesis on Biological protection From Space Radiation Through the use of New Therapeutic Gases
M. Schoenfield, NASA Marshall Space Flight Center
J. Blodgett, Lifeboat Foundation
Artificial Gravity: Current and Future Concepts
D.Buckland, MIT. Harvard Medical School
The Wait Calculation
Exploratory Research for an Interstellar Mission – Technology Readiness, Stakeholders and Research Sustainability
A.H Nein, K. Long, Icarus Interstellar
J. Coughlin, New Mexico State University
Terraforming Planets, Geoengineering Earth
J. R. Fleming, Colby College
Inertia of Past Futures
K. Denning, York University, Canada
Pulsar Navigation and Maser Navigation in 100 Year Starship
D. Jiang, YunNan Astronomical Observatory
F. Eilingsfeld PRICE Systems, LLC
Distinguished Speakers & Guests
Founder of Spacehack.org
Virgin Galactic president and CEO
Producer Biscayne Pictures