Friday, July 10, 2015

Talks at Second Interstellar Congress and TVIW!

I am honored to be invited recently to talk about the anthropology of space settlement at the Second Interstellar Congress at Drexel University this Fall, and the Tennessee Valley Interstellar Workshop in March 2016.

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).

Monday, June 29, 2015

Ground Handling -- Back in Action!

Despite a crushing writing schedule at the moment, the other day I could not stand one more moment in the office, and so I went to the park just a few blocks from where I live to take out the wing for some ground-handling. Along with balloon pilot licensing this summer, I am looking forward to a lot of paragliding!

Monday, June 22, 2015

The 'undending' tasks of this book -- the search for informative and recent reference material, the composition of the figures, and the writing of dense summary text -- is after three and a half years coming to an end! Intense work the next 10 days! Sample from the Atlas of Human Prehistory, for release later this year.

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Interview at NASA/SETI Big Picture Science

My recent interview on the NASA/SETI Big Picture Science show, is up, discussing the astounding prospect of worldships for migration to distant explanets! There are also interviews with astronomers Chris Impey and Timothy Beers.

Tuesday, June 9, 2015

Friday, June 5, 2015

Ships of Exploration

As a stimulant to thought, I've drawn up the diagram below showing our airship (FAA#N9107Y) alongside a handful of other vehicles used in exploration in the last few centuries, drawn to scale. The visualization has already given me a few useful ideas.

Sunday, May 24, 2015

New WIRED Article -- And TEDx Portland Upcoming!

My small part of making space access cheaper is to demonstrate lower-cost and lower-weight pressure ('space') suits. The part my group, Pacific Spaceflight, plays is highlighted in a recent article at WIRED (photo credit below, Terry Manier) by local writer Julian Smith (no relation). This old suit looks comically large and baggy, we're revealing an new one at TEDx Portland on 30 May!