making Interstellar flight a reality
With a nod to the University setting for SC15 and a Hollywood and video game-driven surge in popularity of deep space exploration (“Interstellar”, “Guardians of the Galaxy”, “EVE: Valkyrie” “Kerbal Space Program 1.0”), Starship Congress 2015 was subtitled Interstellar Hackathon—featuring talks and presentations centered on hacking the paradigm of interstellar space exploration. Events leading up to the September summit included academic paper submission, poster contest, and crowdfunded Kickstarter campaign. Drexel University is home to the first collegiate chapter of Icarus Interstellar.
Starship Congress 2015: Interstellar Hackathon was built around workshops, and punctuated by speakers the deep space science community.
New work currently underway with near term applications in technical fields relating to systems and methods relating to deep space exploration. Ideal papers would be actionable by student and stakeholder involvement, employment and participation in the fields of:
Power and Propulsion for deep space exploration (eg. fusion, fission, ion, plasma, solar systems used ie for power plants, batteries, primary and secondary propulsion, etc)
Materials advances with Aerospace Applications (eg., graphene uses in space industry, structural materials and components, heat pipes, radiators, etc),
Communications and Navigation systems (eg. inflatable antennas, communications relays, astronavigation, algorithms, interplanetary internet),
Spacecraft Design and Mission Planning (eg. kuiper and oort cloud object probes, cubesats, waystations, exoplanet imagers, asteroid and deep space dwarf planet explorers)
Future studies relating to trends in civilization and culture as we approach the “Interstellar Era”, where interstellar exploration is feasible and interplanetary travel is accessible and commonplace. Ideal papers examine the human perspective of “a future worth believing and worth hoping for” (Nick Nielsen), as the world undergoes rapid, sometimes dangerous changes.
Interstellar Space Exploration and Earth Society (eg. utopian or dystopian? how society might motivate the broad settlement of space, the desire or need for space migration)
Future Earth History (eg. examining social trends which lead to a future where humanity is able to inhabit ours and other star systems, realizing the Earth’s future by acting in the present)
The Arts of Space (eg. space inspired art and design, connecting space and arts, space art in science fiction and science fact, video demonstrations and animations welcome).
Living and Working in Space (eg. living and thriving on a worldship, how do we open up space to the job market, industrialization of space, generating sustainable space jobs)