Wrapping up balloon flying school, I've completed my solo flights and am endorsed to take the FAA practical test! Photos: flying 7,420 feet and climbing at 300 feet per minute (we were hunting for an Easterly wind!); looking up at burners; firing a burner; and me with my instructor, Brent, looking out over the endless crops of New Jerusalem, California. Like NASA in the 1950's and 1960's, before long we will be testing my pressure suits at high altitudes, reached by balloon!
Tuesday, August 25, 2015
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Friday, July 10, 2015
Icarus Interstellar is an international research team working on giving humanity the option of interstellar flight by the end of this century. I have been involved with them since 2012, recently publishing a paper in Acta Astronautica about the population genetics of multigenerational interstellar voyaging. Acta Astronautica is a top, international journal of space exploration technologies, and I am happy to have my paper there as a foundation paper in the field of biological, population-level issues in interstellar voyaging.
The Tennessee Valley Interstellar Workshop is led by Les Johnson, Deputy Manager of Advanced Concepts at the NASA George C. Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Alabama. You might not know it, but the Tennessee Valley is home to much of the most advanced theoretical and practical work on the development of advanced, 'ultra-deep-space' (interstellar) technologies.
I will talk on my topics, outlined here.
As at a handful of conferences in the last few years, I will be excited to talk with people way beyond science-fiction, and building the science-fact regarding humanity's long-term future beyond the Earth. That material is being assembled at present into my next book, 'Principles of Space Anthropology' (Springer 2018).