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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

    2024-10-17

    Time

    10:15

    Room

    Turquoise Hall 1

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

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

    • Rapporteur: Mr. Les Johnson, National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), Marshall Space Flight Center, United States;

    papers

    Order

    Time

    Paper title

    Mode

    Presentation status

    Speaker

    Affiliation

    Country

    1

    10:15

    Advanced Propulsion Technologies for Rapid Implementation of Interstellar Precursor Missions

    15

    confirmed

    Mr. Angelo Genovese

    Thales Electron Devices GmbH

    Germany

    2

    10:30

    Advanced Capabilities for Nuclear Electric Powerplants for Interstellar Precursors

    15

    confirmed

    Mr. Roger X. Lenard

    LPS

    United States

    3

    10:45

    Nuclear Electric Propulsion for Fast Interstellar Precursor Missions: Problems and Promises

    15

    confirmed

    Dr. Ralph L. McNutt, Jr.

    The John Hopkins University

    United States

    4

    11:00

    Reusable Spacecraft for Fuel-Efficient Multi-Target Main Asteroid Belt Sampling Missions

    15

    confirmed

    Mr. Jacob Irwin

    Berkelyn

    United States

    5

    11:15

    Orbital path of a space probe in order to enter into a stable orbit around a binary star system

    15

    confirmed

    Dr. Ugur Guven

    UN CSSTEAP

    United Kingdom

    6

    11:30

    Massive Velocities for Large Spacecraft towards the Stars

    15

    Dr. Peter Swan

    Teaching Science and Technology, Inc (TSTI)

    United States

    7

    11:45

    Interstellar Systems at the Edge of Chaos

    15

    confirmed

    Dr. Angelo C.J. Vermeulen

    Delft University of Technology (TU Delft)

    The Netherlands

    8

    12:00

    Technology Development Pace Coefficient for Reliable Interstellar Travel Timeline

    15

    confirmed

    Mr. Antoine Faddoul

    Tony Sky Designs Group

    United States

    9

    12:15

    Space Arks for the Nearest Stars: a Feasibility Evaluation

    15

    confirmed

    Prof. Giancarlo Genta

    Politecnico di Torino

    Italy

    10

    12:30

    Solar Sail Drones for Deep Space Exploration: Revolutionizing Interstellar Propulsion

    15

    confirmed

    Mr. Shreyansh Dubey

    University of Petroleum and Energy Studies

    India