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100 Year Starship Study Public Symposium

The 100 Year Starship Study being developed through DARPA and NASA Ames now has its Web site up, from which the following:

DARPA and NASA are jointly planning the 100 Year Starship Study Symposium that will be held from September 30 through October 2, 2011 in Orlando, FL. The goal of the symposium is to promote discussions that will bring us closer to standing up an organization that can shepherd efforts to help achieve interstellar flight in the next century. The symposium is expected to attract roughly 2,000 people from throughout the United States as well as from foreign countries. The public symposium is a follow up to the January Strategic Planning Workshop.

In addition to keynote and plenary sessions, the symposium will have a set of seven tracks built around the following topics:

  • Time-Distance Solutions
  • Education, Social, Economic
  • Legal Considerations and Philosophical and Religious Considerations
  • Biology and Space Medicine
  • Habitats and Environmental Science
  • Destinations
  • Communication of the Vision

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  • Kareem Elashmawy June 16, 2011, 16:48

    Just how public is the symposium? As a physics major (Junior) attending a nearby college will I be able to attend it?

  • Paul Gilster June 16, 2011, 17:59

    Good question, Kareem, and I don’t yet know the answer but will try to find out.

  • Eugene P Prokopev June 27, 2011, 0:08

    Dear Professor Paul Gilster!
    I would like to discuss the issue at the symposium antimatter-nanotechnology with absentee participation


    (ITEP) Moscow, Russia 117218

    Affirms, that some tens milligram of antimatter there is enough to reach Mars for 1 month. Thus the engine for flight to Mars could be constructed within fifteen years of all for two billion dollars. It is natural to assume, that the American experts have saved up enough information, that from the theory to pass to practice (Positronics Research LLC). As Efficiency Transformations of the spent terrestrial energy makes size of the order 10-5 huge expenses of energy on which the human civilization at the present stage cannot go are necessary for reception of antimatter. Other business will be in case it will be possible to seize energy of the Sun in space or thermonuclear synthesis. Then there will be practically unlimited quantity of energy, which part can be used on synthesis of antimatter (first of all positrons and antihydrogen) in the quantities necessary for travel in distant space and interstellar flights (http: //www.popmech.ru/part/?articleid=4803&rubricid=3).
    . Innovative projects for the decision of a problem of physics, chemistry and technology of antimatter are necessary. It is possible to carry the statement to them that « Black holes concerning small weight can work as original factories of an antimatter, as primary (the lives which have arisen at an initial stage of the Universe) the black holes of small weight surrounded ionized by substance, can work as the effective factories of an antimatter transforming protons getting on them in positrons (see http://ipulsar.net/news/1465-sc.html (A.D.Dolgov (ITEP) and others). One of them the project based on developing nanotechnologies also could be. Really, on a modern level of development of technologies about lots of received antimatter to speak it is not necessary. Therefore probably really to speak only about tens or hundreds nanograms received antimatter. This quantity of antimatter, apparently, would suffice for creation of space vehicles (SV) with the sizes in nano-or a micron range (http://www.portalus.ru/modules/science/data/files/prokopiev/Antimatter-Positronics-_ProektEngRus.doc). This fantastic assumption is not deprived sense in a context of modern development of nanotechnologies in the World. All the sizes long devices and details such SV should not exceed the sizes nanometer and micron ranges. Such SV could be irreplaceable in researches of a near and far space

  • Paul Gilster June 27, 2011, 8:06

    Those interested in submitting to the 100 Year Starship symposium in Orlando should not do so through this site — we are not formally connected with DARPA and will be submitting ourselves. The place to go for submissions is:


  • Frank Makinson July 1, 2011, 12:32

    Has anybody tried to access the 100yss.org abstract submission site? I cannot connect. It uses an IP numeric address that belongs to the Apache Software Foundation. I contacted the info@100yss.org and they responded that the submission website works okay. It is inside a secure network. I suggested they test access from a site outside of the network. I haven’t received an answer and the Submit Abstract button still has, as this morning, the Apache IP address.

  • Paul Gilster July 1, 2011, 13:43

    Frank, I don’t know about anyone else, but I just tested http://www.100yss.org/ again and it’s working fine from here.

  • Frank Makinson July 1, 2011, 15:11

    It is not the 100yss.org web site I have a problem with, it is the Submit Abstract website. You go to the call for abstract web site and then to the Submit Abstract button which has the following URL:

    The IP number does not belong to DARPA.
    The IP for the 100yss.org is which is a secure server site.

    The other IP is accessed through Coxnet.

  • Frank Makinson July 1, 2011, 15:24

    I do not understand why a DARPA programmer would use the IP number rather than the domain name, unless it wasn’t a DARPA programmer that inserted the other IP number.

  • Frank Makinson July 1, 2011, 16:03

    I tested the code using a IP number for a website I regularly visit.
    I added the :8080 after the IP number and it then returns

    Problem loading page
    The server at (IP number) is taking too long to respond.

    This way, instead of getting an invalid page, you are timed out and don’t know the reason why.

  • Frank Makinson July 1, 2011, 23:10

    I hadn’t looked at the URL for the Registration page, but it has been corrupted also.

    When I click on it I get the expect Problem Loading page, timed out.

    It amazes me that this been noticed earlier. Hasn’t anybody else tried to access the pages to see the requirements?

  • Paul Gilster July 2, 2011, 8:39

    Frank, I don’t know what’s happening at your end, but all these pages load fine here. You might want to check your firewall.

  • Frank Makinson July 2, 2011, 13:04

    Strange. I went to a neighbor that I knew that used a different ISP and accessed the DARPA site from there, using the same laptop that I always use. It connected.

    I had checked my firewall and temporarily allowed all access, and that didn’t help from my laptop using my ISP connection.

    I will contact my ISP after this long weekend and find out why their system prevented me from connecting to the particular DARPA web site. I have had random time outs in the past but not from some site I really needed to access.

    I still think it is odd that the basic IP number belongs to the Apache Software Foundation

  • Frank Makinson July 2, 2011, 14:23

    Doing a search on “internet port 8080”, it seems some ISPs do not permit specific port references. During my search I came across
    which time out, but when I removed the :8080 I could connect.

    I modified the DARPA URL by removing the :8080, and now I can access the website.

    This is one of those arcane internet connection problems you do not learn about until you experience it.

  • Frank Makinson July 3, 2011, 14:25

    At my ISP, my account Firewall was set to High, and I couldn’t connect to the DARPA site with the :8080 extension. The ISP reset my account Firewall to Basic, and I could connect, and now it has been reset back to High, and I can still connect. The original High setting was established many, many years ago, thus I suspect some ISP software change along the way created a problem with the old setting, blocking the use of the :8080 extension, and it would go unnoticed unless someone complained.