Over the past year, we have worked with individuals and organizations to flesh out some the challenges and opportunities our mission creates. This year we begin to look at different aspects of the challenges that we will face with our mission. Still exploring the many options and discovering “what’s out there”, 100YSS invites you to continue the conversation and help us to further define our path.  We look forward to having you join us this year as we continue on our mission of this audacious journey.


TRACK SUMMARIES –  See selected papers below. 

Factors in Time Distance Solutions

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?

Sample of  Accepted Papers

  • Solar System Escape Architecture for Revolutionary Science: A NAIC Study.  J.P. Nosanov et al., NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory
  • The Laser Starway: A Light Bridge to the Closest Star. – C.J. Quarra Cappiello, Independent Researcher
  • Propulsion for Rapid Interstellar Travel - T. Kassamath, PhD. University of Michigan
  • Interstellar Communication with Gravitational Lens and KLT- S. Dumas, C. Maccone. SETI League

Dimensions of Life In Vivo and In Vitro

The life sciences in space exploration today make assumptions about the type of crew members, their tasks and even the 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?

 Sample of  Accepted Papers

  • Microgravity Effects on Human Health and Metabolism  J. Hill, M.D. Spot on Sciences. 
  • Psychology Problems associated with diminishing Human-Earth Contact.  J. Richardson, PhD. University of Liverpool.
  • Design and Prototyping of LIfe support and Agricultural systems for Extended Space Habitation and Travel. M. Dudziak. PhD.  et al, ECOADUNA Foundation. 
  • Living Aerospace: A Perspective Research Program on Nanobiotechnologies Based on Medical and Biological Experiments or Russian Space Agency. M. Alekhin, et al. Bauman Moscow State Technical University

Becoming an Interstellar Civilization: Culture, Governance and Ethics

Space Exploration creates excitement and wonder in everyone. However there’s a lot of work that is needed to prepare society for the pathway of space travel. Space travel allows us to examine our selves and society through a different lens. The lens that other will view us. It is an opportunity to engage, challenge and perhaps correct  our society in many ways. This session invites papers which explore the evolution of culture, governance and ethics that will challenge us as we prepare for an interstellar journey.

Sample of  Accepted Papers

  • Space Medicine and Medical Astrosociology: Bridging the “Hard” and “Soft” Sciences for a more Complete Understanding. J. Pass, PhD. Astrosociology Research Institute
  • The Dangers of Religious and Ideological Extremism and the Mission of Interstellar Exploration. J. Batt, Independent Researcher
  • Psychological and Psychiatric Issues of Future Deep Space Travel. K-M Boyd, University of Liverpool. 
  • How to Start Up an Interstellar Civilization, E. Ilves, The Human Project, UAE


Destinations: Hidden Obstacles 

Papers in this track are invited to offer strategies, techniques, processes and solutions will help us continue to explore and understand what is really going on in space.

Sample of  Accepted Papers

  • Destinations to inspire a Spacefaring Generation. M. Turnbull, PhD., Global Science Institute
  • Interstellar Critical Pathways. A. Caminoa, G. Gaviraghi,   Unispace Exponential Creativity, Argentina
  • Proactive Radio Transients and Base Rate Baias: A Bayesian Argument for Conservatism. T. Hair, PhD., Florida Gulf Coast University



Design: Space <NEW TRACK!>

How might we best design the habitats, clothing and equipment for daily use on board a craft on such a journey? This panel will consider how to sustainably fulfill the basic human needs for creature comforts within the constraints presented by long-range, long-term space travel. What innovations and systemic changes may need to be seen first? How would the resulting design solutions benefit the population of Earth? How might they contribute to the establishment of communities on Mars?  The panel will address these questions by exploring larger questions of design process and theory as well as focused examinations of concepts for specific design areas.

Sample of  Accepted Papers

  • Planetary Habitat Systems Monitoring on Mars Analog Mission. S.T. Engler, et al. University of Calgary, Canada
  • Food Design: 100 Year Starship Space Food Systems, D. Wilson, Le Cordon Bleu, USA
  • When The LIghtbulbs Burn Out: Design for Resilience, B. Hawkins, Independent Researcher
  • Artists in Space, C. Lindsay, SETI Institue Artist in Residence


Interstellar Aspiration—Commercial Perspiration:  The Next 30 Years of Space Start-ups and Commercialization

The Internet. Global Positioning Systems (GPS). Autonomous Systems. Cordless Tools.  None would exist if it were not for government funding, but it is through the private sector that these technologies reach our everyday life.  This session will include current and potential commercial applications for space technology and exploration in the next 30 years.  Papers should illustrate business and technology innovations spanning several years, strategies for crossing valleys of [funding] death, and creating market with revenues and profits from application in space and on earth.

Sample of  Accepted Papers

  • Economies in a Stellar Civilization – Carrying a Bit of Earth to the Stars, Z. Ray, Independent Researcher, India
  • Inherent Barriers for the Growth of the Space Transportation Industry. O. Garcia, InterFlight Global Corporation
  • 100YSS  Education in Space, Are We Ready? P. Webber, Star Flight Academy
  • Suspended Animation of Mass Populations to Long Term Space Exploration. V. Ramdeen. Minerva Consulting


College Track: The Next Generation

College undergraduates are invited to present papers on any of the topics of the Symposium technical tracks during this session. Or, students are asked to imagine how if on earth during their lifetime would be with or without a global interstellar ambition.

Sample of  Accepted Papers

  • Constraints Facing Future Deep Space Missions. J. Stockton, University of Liverpool. 
  • The Final Frontier Extends its Hand…But We Have Clenched Fists, K. Frenger, University of Houston.
  • Effects of Interstellar Ambitions on Earth in the Future, C. Dessert, Univeristy of Texas, Austin
  • Issues with Interstellar Travel: Superluminal vs. Subliminal, S. Lambert, Falmouth High School, Maine, USA

Interstellar Enhances Life on Earth

Session seeks papers on new and novel current or proposed application of interstellar disciplines, research and knowledge to enhancing and understanding life on earth.

Sample of  Accepted Papers

  • Printed Architecture: 3D Printed Modular Habitats Ready to Use. A. Caminoa, G. Gaviraghi, Unispace Exponential Creativity, Argentina
  • Getting All Hands on Deck: Using S.T.E.A.M. Education Strategies to include Girls and Women in Interstellar Space Exploration. A. Provenzano. Independent S.T.E.A.M. Educator

Submission Process

Abstract Submissions: https://www.conftool.pro/100yss-symposium/


Abstracts Accepted:                        16 April, 2013

Abstracts Due:                                 10 June, 2013

If Selected, Papers Due:                 9 September, 2013


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