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The Institute for Interstellar Studies Dr Chris Welch

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1. I4IS The Institute for Interstellar Studies (I4IS) was established on 14 September 2012. I4IS seeks to become a nexus for activities and related to the challenges of achieving robotic and human interstellar flight.

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2. I4IS Genesis Between 1974 and 1991 the Journal of the British Interplanetary Society produced a series of special red cover issues on Interstellar Studies.

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A BIS team also performed the Daedalus study.

Daedalus was a robot starship designed to conduct a flyby of Barnards Star (about 6 light years away).
Top speed was 12% of the speed of light. Flight time was 45 years. Propulsion was by deuterium/helium-3 fusion.
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3. I4IS Mission We seek to make new artificial and natural habitats whilst finding ways to improve the Earth and help the life that it has nurtured. We conduct credible research into the science and technology of starships. We work towards a capable and confident human species in interplanetary space.
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We inspire and motivate the public about the achievements of space exploration and give optimism for the future.
We aspire to foster and create a star colonising civilisation.

We search the universe and seek out intelligent life elsewhere.


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4. I4IS Research Life Science and Evolution


Biology Space Medicine Exobiology Artificial Habitats Natural Habitats

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Politics and Economics


Space Policy Space Leadership and Governance International Co-operation Business and Entrepreneurship Economics Strategic and Technical Roadmaps

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Culture and Philosophy


Philosophy Psychology Education Public Outreach and Education Ethics and Cultural Studies

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Life Science and Evolution


Biology Space Medicine Exobiology Artificial Habitats Natural Habitats

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Engineering and Physical Sciences


Astrophysics Space Technology Propulsion Space Vehicle Design Concepts Frontier Physics Earth Applications and Technology Spin-Off

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Space Mission Development


Energy Sources Low Earth Orbit and Technology Demonstrations Space Tourism Planetary Exploration and Deep Space Mars Colonization

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5. I4IS Directors
Kelvin Long George Abbey, Jr

Rob Swinney Pamela Menges


Jeremy Clark
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6. I4IS Advisory Council


Greg Matloff
Chris Welch Freeman Dyson Giovanni Vulpetti

Ian Crawford
Claudio Maccone Roman Kezerashvili David Baker

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7. I4IS Consultants

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8. I4IS Projects

OAKTREE (Observations And Knowledge with Targeted Reconnaissance of Earth-like Exoplanets)


Goal: To characterise all nearby star systems within twenty light years and enhance observational programs.
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Bussard Goal: To research the history, physics and engineering issues associated with the Bussard interstellar ramjet.
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SENTINEL (SEarch for Non-Terrestrial Intelligence Near Earth Light-years


Goal: to use scientifically rigorous methods and techniques to address the possibility, and thereby purpose, for extraterrestrial intelligence, or associated artifacts, being within light years distance of Earth as a means to creating pathways to solving the Fermi Paradox
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Unruh
Goal: To to test quantised inertia experimentally, and to determine whether we can affect inertia by interfering with Unruh radiation and devise ways to test its prediction of faster than light travel.
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BAIR (Black Hole Applications for Interstelllar Ramjets)


Goal: to to investigate the application of black hole physics to spacecraft propulsion.
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Casimir Goal: To investigate macroscopic Casimir energy as a possible power source for interstellar flight
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GeV
Goal: To investigate high energy 1GeV generator technology for applications to high specific impulse spacecraft propulsion.
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9. I4IS Academy
I4IS will offer scholarships and courses to students to encourage them towards careers in space. The first I4IS-related MSc projects are being undertaken in collaboration with the International Space University.
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10. Interstellar Index

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11. Final Thoughts


I4IS aims to make a constructive contributions towards the ultimate goal of interstellar flight. We strive to balance visionary inspiration with scientific rigour so that we can perform the R&D necessary to execute the strategic and technical roadmap ahead. We seek to work co-operatively with other organizations and from early 2013 we will be open to collaborating on joint programs. In the meantime, please contact us if you are interested in taking part in our activities individually.
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12. Find Out More

Web site: www.i4is.org Blog: www.interstellarindex.com

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