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Wednesday, March 6 • 1:00pm - 3:45pm
100 Year Starship: Understanding and Addressing the Scope of the R&D and Societal Challenges for the Interstellar Journey LIMITED

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The 100 Year Starship initiative aims at making interstellar travel a reality in the next 100 years. What are some challenges in space travel to a star beyond our solar system? During this plenary, the focus of the discussion will be centred around the importance of the grand challenge of interstellar travel to push both R&D and societal benefits. The format of the plenary will be broken up into two sessions on the following topics:


Time, distance and destinations. The first half of this theme will examine some of the challenges of getting a spaceship to another star system such as propulsion, navigation, and communication as well as how it pushes physics, astronomy, and planetology to a new level. The second half will look at some of the social science, health, and environmental aspects such as sociology, behavioural sciences, and some of the living structures in other systems.  

Life, environment and habitats. In the first half of the session, the panel will address how interstellar travel enhances life on earth by examining some topics such as systems engineering, data management, remote sensing, and the application of space technology to developing countries. The second half of the session will ask what some of the fundamentals to becoming an interstellar civilization are with regards to access to Earth orbit, education, international cooperation, and legal considerations. This second half will also address how interstellar travel pushes humans’ imaginations by looking at the importance of
storytelling and global aspirations of space travel.

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Dr. Mae Jemison

Head of the 100 Year Star Ship Initiative
Dr. Mae C. Jemison is leading 100 Year Starship (100YSS), a bold, far reaching new initiative to assure the capabilities exist for human interstellar space travel to another star within the next 100 years. Jemison is building an international, multi-faceted organization to promote the broad global commitment, scientific, social and technical support and financial framework to accomplish the 100YSS vision - An Inclusive, Audacious Journey (that) Transforms Life Here on Earth and Beyond. Her team won the competitive, single awardee grant from DARPA (Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency), the US Defense... Read More →

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Prof. Karl Aspelund

Assistant Professor at the Department of Textiles, Fashion Merchandising and Design; University of Rhode Island
Karl Aspelund, PhD, is Assistant Professor at the Department of Textiles, Fashion Merchandising and Design at the University of Rhode Island. His interests lie in examining the role textiles and design play in the creation of identity, the impact of the textile life-cycle on the... Read More →
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Dr. Pamela Reilly Contag

CEO of Cygnet Biofuels
Pamela R. Contag, Ph.D., is currently the CEO of Cygnet Biofuels. Pam founded four venture-backed start-up companies; Xenogen Corporation was listed as one of the “Top 25 Young Businesses” by Fortune Small Business and in both 2001 and 2003 received the R&D 100 award for achievements in Physics. Xenogen Corp. completed a public offering in 2004 and was subsequently acquired by Caliper Life Sciences; Cobalt Technologies, was named multiple times as a Top 20 Company in Cleantech, as is now in product demonstration; Cygnet Biofuels, is a company that consults and develops platforms in biomass and biofuels; and ConcentRx, is a novel therapeutic for oncology indications. Pam was named one of the... Read More →
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Prof. Kathryn Denning

Associate Professor, York University, Canada
Kathryn Denning is an Associate Professor in the Departments of Anthropology, and Science & Technology Studies at York University in Canada. Denning received her BA and MA in four-field anthropology from McMaster University in Canada, and her PhD in Archaeology and Prehistory from the University of Sheffield, UK. Her work in archaeology has focused primarily upon the role of the archaeological past in the present, and she teaches a wide variety of courses in archaeology, as well as the anthropology of outer space. For the last ten years, her research has been primarily focused upon... Read More →
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Dr. Louis Friedman

Executive Director Emeritus, The Planetary Society
Dr. Friedman is a native of New York City. He received a B.S. in Applied Mathematics and Engineering Physics at the University of Wisconsin in 1961, an M.S. in Engineering Mechanics at Cornell University in 1963, and a Ph.D. from the Aeronautics and Astronautics Department at M.I.T. in 1971. His Ph.D. thesis was on Extracting Scientific Information from Spacecraft Tracking Data. | Dr. Friedman worked at the AVCO Space Systems Division from 1963-1968, on both civilian and military space programs. From 1970 to 1980 he worked on deep space missions at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) in Pasadena, California. He performed mission analysis and navigation system studies for pre-project definition of Mariner Venus-Mercury, Voyager and Galileo and was the program development leader for Venus Orbital Imaging Radar, which later became Magellan. He led the development and design for the Halley Comet Rendezvous-Solar Sail proposal and was the leader of the post-Viking Mars Program in the late 1970s. In 1979-80 he originated and led the International Halley Watch. He was manager of Advanced Planetary Studies at JPL. Dr. Friedman is the author of more than 20 technical papers on Celestial Navigation, Astrodynamics, Mission Analysis and Design, and Mission Planning. He is the author of the book Starsailing: Solar Sails and Interstellar Travel, published by John Wiley, Inc. In 1978-79, Dr. Friedman was the AIAA Congressional Fellow on the staff of the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation. He worked there on Space Policy, Operational Remote Sensing legislation, NASA program oversight and technology innovation on the railroads. He is a member of the American Astronautical Society, the Division for Planetary Sciences of the American Astronomical Society, Sigma Xi and Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the British Interplanetary Society and the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics. He is a National Fellow member of the Explorers Club. | Dr. Friedman left JPL in 1980 and co-founded The Planetary Society with Carl Sagan and Bruce Murray. He was Executive Director of the Society for 30 years, stepping down to focus on particular projects, including the solar sail, in 2010. The Society is a non-profit, popular society seeking to inspire the people of Earth to explore new worlds and seek other life, through research, education and public participation. It is the largest space interest organization in the world. While at the Society he has worked on the Mars Balloon development, international Mars rover testing, a Mars microphone, and the joint educational project with LEGO... Read More →

Adam Heathfield

Senior Director, Worldwide Policy
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Gilbert Kirkham

NASA Europe Representative
Gib Kirkham serves as the NASA Attaché to the U.S. Embassy in Paris, France, representing NASA in Europe.  Before arriving in Paris in August 2010, Mr. Kirkham served in the Senior Executive Service as the Director of the Exploration Systems and Aeronautics Research Division in... Read More →
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John Carter McKnight

Assistant Professor, Harrisburg University of Science and Technology
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Marc G. Millis

Founder, Tau Zero Foundation
Marc Millis is the leading international authority on the search for revolutionary spaceflight, the kind of breakthroughs that would make interstellar voyages practical. He retired from NASA in 2010 to devote his time to the Tau Zero Foundation, a nonprofit organization devoted to accelerating progress toward real interstellar flight, which extends research and public education beyond that which can be done in government, industry or academia alone... Read More →
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Prof. Ronke Olabisi

Assistant Professor, Rutgers University
Prof. Ronke Olabisi is a faculty member in the Biomedical Engineering Department atRutgers University and a team member of the One Hundred Year Starship (100YSS™)initiative. Dr. Olabisi conducts tissue engineering and regenerative medicine research,particularly in the area of orthopedic and dermal tissues. Her research while at RiceUniversity is currently being considered for a patent. She has presented her work in peerreviewedjournal articles, book chapters and conferences in 3 countries and her publishedwork has been highlighted in Science and The Spine Journal. Dr. Olabisi is a member of theOrthopaedic Research Society, the Society for Biomaterials, the Biomedical EngineeringSociety, the American Society for Bone and Mineral Research, and the American Society ofBiomechanics. Dr. Olabisi received her... Read More →
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Jennie Yeung Siu-Fong

President, UN Education Science Cultural Health Advancement Foundation
Ms. Jennie Yeung was born in Hong Kong from a Southeast Asian overseasChinese family with their ancestral home from Chao’en, Guangdong where girls are dis.She was one of the youngest and most accomplished innovative corporate banking vicepresidents of Citigroup in Asia Pacific when she was only 28 in Hong Kong. Ms. Yeungwas sent to New York for... Read More →
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Dr. Jill Tarter

Center for SETI Research, SETI Institute
Jill Tarter holds the Bernard M. Oliver Chair for SETI Research at the SETI Institute in Mountain View, California. Tarter received her Bachelor of Engineering Physics Degree with Distinction from Cornell University and her Master’s Degree and a Ph.D. in Astronomy from the University of California, Berkeley. She served as Project Scientist for... Read More →

Wednesday March 6, 2013 1:00pm - 3:45pm
European Parliament 4Q2