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    Title

    Strategies for Rapid Implementation of Interstellar Missions: Precursors and Beyond

    Description

    Knowledge about space beyond our solar system and between the stars—that is interstellar space —is lacking data. Even as IBEX, NASA’s Interstellar Background Explorer, studies the edge of our solar system, it still is confined to earth orbit. Arguably, some of the most compelling data to understand the universe we live in will come from sampling the actual environment beyond our solar system as Voyager 1 and Voyager 2 spacecraft are on the threshold of doing. In the 36 years since the Voyager probes’ launches, significant advances in materials science, analytical chemistry, information technologies, imaging capabilities, communications and propulsion systems have been made. The recently released IAA study: “Key Technologies to Enable Near-Term Interstellar Scientific Precursor Missions” along with significant initiatives like the DARPA seed-funded 100 Year Starship, signal the need, readiness and benefits to aggressively undertaking interstellar space missions. This session seeks to define specific strategies and key enabling steps to implement interstellar precursor missions within the next 10-15 years. Suggestions for defined projects, payloads, teams, spacecraft and mission profiles that leverage existing technological capacities, yet will yield probes that generate new information about deep space, rapidly exit the solar system and which can be launched before 2030 are sought.

    Date

    2015-10-15

    Time

    14:45

    Room

    312 (ICC, main level)

    IPC members
    • Co-Chair: Dr. Mae Jemison, 100 Year Starship, United States;

    • Co-Chair: Prof. Giancarlo Genta, Politecnico di Torino, Italy;

    • Rapporteur: Dr. Louis Friedman, The Planetary Society, United States;

    papers

    Order

    Time

    Paper title

    Mode

    Presentation status

    Speaker

    Affiliation

    Country

    1

    14:45

    Enabling Interstellar Probe: Space Launch System (SLS) Trades

    15'

    confirmed

    Dr. Ralph L. McNutt, Jr.

    Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory

    United States

    2

    15:00

    Overview of the Keck Institute for Space Studies (KISS) Workshops on the Science and Enabling Technologies for the Exploration of the Interstellar Medium (ISM)

    15'

    confirmed

    3

    15:15

    A Novel Mission Concept for Near Term Exploration of the Interstellar Medium (ISM)

    15'

    confirmed

    Dr. NITIN ARORA

    National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), Jet Propulsion Laboratory

    United States

    4

    15:30

    On Board Virtual SOC: An Enabling Design for Science Operations on Deep Space Missions

    15'

    confirmed

    Dr. Lawrence Brown

    The John Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory

    United States

    5

    15:45

    SPACESHIP TRITON, The global project to conquer the SOLAR SYSTEM

    15'

    Dr. Joachim ACHLEITNER

    Austria

    6

    16:00

    Enabling Clean Space Using Cubesat Technologies for Active Space Debris Removal

    15'

    withdrawn

    Mr. Ajay Prasad Ragupathy

    Delft University of Technology (TU Delft)

    The Netherlands

    7

    16:15

    Interdisciplinary Roadmap for Enabling an Interstellar Worldship Mission

    15'

    confirmed

    Mr. Mansoor Shar

    International Space University (ISU)

    France

    8

    16:30

    Satellite for Understanding Black-Hole

    15'

    withdrawn

    Mr. Naman Vaidya

    India