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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 and the Breakthrough Starshot project, 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 2040 are sought.

    Date

    2018-10-05

    Time

    09:45

    Room

    Bremen 1

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

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

    • Rapporteur: Mrs. Emeline De Antonio, Centre National d'Etudes Spatiales (CNES), France;

    papers

    Order

    Time

    Paper title

    Mode

    Presentation status

    Speaker

    Affiliation

    Country

    1

    09:45

    IN-SITU INVESTIGATION OF THE INTERSTELLAR MEDIUM

    10

    confirmed

    Prof.Dr. Robert F. Wimmer-Schweingruber

    University of Kiel

    Germany

    2

    09:55

    Near-Term Interstellar Probe: First Step

    10

    confirmed

    Dr. Ralph L. McNutt, Jr.

    Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory

    United States

    3

    10:05

    Decelerating interstellar probes with magnetic sails

    10

    confirmed

    Prof. Claudius Gros

    University of Frankfurt am Main

    Germany

    4

    10:15

    Laser-powered Electric Propulsion for Interstellar Precursor Missions

    10

    withdrawn

    Ms. Ana Cristina Baltazar Garduño

    International Space University (ISU)

    France

    5

    10:25

    Characterization of a Non-Stationary Spherical Inflated Light Sail for Ultra-Fast Interstellar Travel by Using Commercial 3D Codes

    10

    confirmed

    Prof. Giancarlo Genta

    Politecnico di Torino

    Italy

    6

    10:35

    Project Glowworm: Testing Laser Sail Propulsion in LEO

    10

    confirmed

    Mr. Zachary Burkhardt

    International Space University (ISU)

    United States

    7

    10:45

    Using Graphene Interstellar Solar Photon Sails: Sensitivity Studies for Pico-Probes and Arks

    10

    confirmed

    Prof. Gregory Matloff

    New York City College of Technology

    United States

    8

    10:55

    Case Study of an Interstellar Mission to Tau Ceti: Unmanned Interstellar Probe Using Gas Core Nuclear Reactors with Early 21st Century Technology

    10

    confirmed

    Dr. Ugur Guven

    UN CSSTEAP

    United States

    9

    11:05

    Dynamic analysis of space tether system with sliding bead-capsule for payload delivery

    10

    confirmed

    Prof. Vladimir S. Aslanov

    Samara National Research University

    Russian Federation

    10

    11:15

    Patent Management for Space Structures

    10

    confirmed

    Mr. Atsuya TAKESHITA

    CABINET PLASSERAUD

    France

    11

    11:25

    Multi-Tethered Maneuvers for a Spacecraft Passing Near the Moon

    10

    confirmed

    Dr. Antonio Fernando Bertachini Almeida Prado

    Instituto Nacional de Pesquisas Espaciais (INPE)

    Brazil

    12

    11:35

    The Phobos L-1 Operational Tether Experiment

    10

    confirmed

    Mr. Charles E. Cockrell Jr.

    National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)

    United States

    13

    11:45

    Large Tether Systems and ISS Reuse

    10

    confirmed

    Mr. Josh Lalonde

    International Space University

    Canada

    14

    11:55

    Medium Earth-Orbit Tether Extending Our Reach

    10

    confirmed

    Mr. Josh Lalonde

    International Space University

    Canada