Symposium papers will be published in conference proceedings which will be available in early 2013. Proceedings will be available for electronic download.

Authors can download paper guidelines here. DEADLINE FOR SUBMISSIONS EXTENDED!! Papers are due by November 16, 2012.

 

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The 100 Year Starship considers broad and in-depth public engagement critical to accomplishing human interstellar flight within the next 100 years.  The 100YSS Public Symposium is central to gathering and sharing knowledge, aspirations and capabilities, as well as building advocacy, imagination and momentum.The Symposium’s technical session issues this open call to individuals and organizations from all disciplines—amateur and professional—to contribute to understanding, developing and building the solutions needed for successful interstellar flight.The 100YSS™ Symposium 2012’s theme – Transition to Transformation … The Journey Begins, acknowledges the accomplishments of space exploration to date and calls for authors to consider what changes are needed in how we currently envision and conduct space exploration efforts to truly push forward humanity’s journey to another star. Discussions this year should focus within each topical track on those transformative ideas and processes that make the leap to new breakthroughs.

Papers accepted will be included in the 100YSS™ 2012 Symposium Proceedings and may be considered for publication in the coming Journal of Interstellar Studies.

 

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Tracks

1. Time-Distance Solutions – The vast distances that separate the stars pose profound challenges to the existing technologies and design paradigms used for both robotic and human space exploration in and around our solar system. Successful transition to interstellar exploration requires solving “extremely long duration” mission requirements (e.g., energy, materials, knowledge capture, update and storage, data collection, aging and longevity, etc.) or reducing travel times by orders of magnitude to the timescales of human lifetimes. In considering potential time-distance solutions, what are the possible paths to leap from current knowledge and capabilities to those needed to meet the interstellar challenge? Propulsion, Time-space Manipulation and/or Dilation, Relativistic and Faster Than Light Navigation, Energy Production, Storage, and Contro, Integrated Designs, Engines

2. Life: In Vivo and In Vitro — Earth to the Stars – Whether a human or robotic mission, the life sciences are integral to interstellar space exploration. Obvious concerns are crew health — physiological, psychological and spiritual — during the journey and upon arrival, as is the capacity to detect life. Less obvious perhaps is the role of space exploration in our fundamental understanding of life, its origins, evolution, prosperity and threats thereto.

The life sciences in space exploration today make assumptions about the type of crewmembers, their tasks and even levying requirements for life to be carbon based elsewhere. What strategies, techniques, basic science, uses of space as an experimental platform, and philosophies about life must be addressed to transition to human interstellar space exploration? Physiology in Space, Definitions of Health and Human Survival, Psychology in Space, Cybernetics, Human Life Suspension (e.g. Cryogenic), Medical Facilities and Capabilities in Space, Spawning from Genetic Material, Exobiology and Astrobiology, Teams – Human Relationships and Social Dynamics, Implications of Experimentation, Children and Development, Education

3. Becoming an Interstellar Civilization – Our society has changed in extraordinary ways since Sputnik was launched in 1957 and the challenge to send humans to the Moon was issued in 1961. Many of the changes resulted from technologies developed to get humans to the Moon; while others had to occur to facilitate the process. Long held social and cultural beliefs had to expand to accommodate the implications of the new knowledge and figurative and literal perspectives gained.

While space exploration continues to excite the imagination, interstellar flight remains, in many ways, the domain of science fiction. This session invites papers across disciplines related to animating the necessary political, economic, social and cultural shifts that will enable our transition from a “near Earth” society into an interstellar civilization. Government Policies, International Co-operation, Politics, Space Law, To Profit Or Not to Profit?, One-way Or Round-trip, Legacy Investments and Assets Left Behind, Who Goes and Who Stays?, Moral and Ethical Issues, Economies in Space, Communications Back to Earth, Education, Culture, Religion & Spirituality, Implications of Finding Hospitable Worlds, People Or Technology, Extraterrestrial Intelligence, Storytelling and Inspiration, Linkage Between Incentives, Payback, and Investment, Movies, Television, and Books to Popularize Long-term Research, Why We Should Go?

4. Destinations and Habitats – Choose a destination. Build and maintain the transport vessel to accommodate some type of human crew. Design and construct residences, schools, offices, and farms that are more than 6 trillion miles from the nearest pine forest. Find, greet and accommodate the “indigenous residents”. Feed, entertain, care for and govern the humans.

Papers in this track are invited to offer strategies, techniques, processes and solutions that address these needs, especially as they contrast to today’s space infrastructure. Criteria for Destination, Technologies to Identify Suitable Destinations, Exoplanets, Staging of Missions and Destinations, Journeys of Faith, Enabling Technologies for Establishing Sustained Independent Human Outposts, Habitats and Vehicles Architecture and Materials, Living and Working on World Ships, Vehicle Infrastructure (e.g. Power, Sanitation, Food, Agriculture, Atmospheric, Waste Disposal), Gravity/No Gravity, Navigation, Docking, Radiation, Toxins, Electrical Systems, Smart Machines & IT & AI, Crew Operations

5. Special Sessions – Choose a destination. Build and maintain the transport vessel to accommodate some type of human crew. Design and construct residences, schools, offices, and farms that are more than 6 trillion miles from the nearest pine forest. Find, greet and accommodate the “indigenous residents”. Feed, entertain, care for and govern the humans.

Papers in this track are invited to offer strategies, techniques, processes and solutions that address these needs, especially as they contrast to today’s space infrastructure.

  1. A. College Track College undergraduates and high school seniors are invited to present papers on any of the topics of the Symposium technical tracks during this session. Or, students are called to imagine how their lifetime would differ with or without a global interstellar ambition.
  2. B. Interstellar Enhances Life on Earth Session invites papers on new/novel current or proposed applications of space technologies, interstellar disciplines, research and knowledge to enhancing and understanding life on earth.
  3. C. Interstellar Aspiration — Commercial Perspiration: The Next 30 Years of Space Start-ups and Commercialization From weather satellites to GPS to high temperature, low-density materials, space technologies touch our lives every day. And now entrepreneurs are offering space itself as an industry. This session will include current and potential commercial space technology and exploration businesses over the next 30 years. Papers should consider business and technology innovations spanning several years, strategies funding, and creating new markets in space and on earth.

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Submission Process

Abstracts must be submitted online through the button link above. and cannot be longer than 250 words. Create an account to submit your paper. This account will be used for your Symposium registration and paper submission. Please keep you user name and password handy. The abstract, paper selection decisions and submissions will be handled through this account.

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Dates
  • Abstracts Due: 21 July, 2012
  • Selection Notification: 20 August, 2012
  • Symposium Presentations: 5 September, 2012
  • Final Paper Submissions: 31 October, 2012

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“No Paper, No Podium.  No Podium, No inclusion”:

If the final written paper is not received by the deadline, authors will not be allowed to present at the symposium. Also in order to be included in the 100YSS™ Public Symposium 2012 Proceeding, the paper must be presented at the symposium. If an author cannot attend the symposium, it is the author’s responsibility to designate a representative to present the paper. 100YSS™ wants your attendance and participation to contribute to a fuller dialogue and richer experience for all.