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Star Voyager and Leeward Space Foundation Announce the Publication of
How to Develop the Solar System and Beyond: A Roadmap to Interstellar Space
October 28, 2012 – The Star Voyager Group and Leeward Space Foundation announce the publication of How to Develop the Solar System and Beyond: A Roadmap to Interstellar Space.
Released on October 2, 2012, the Star Voyager Roadmap to Interstellar Space was a collaborative effort between Star Voyager members: Amalie Sinclair, Dirk Schulze-Makuch, Charles Radley, Armen Papazian, Joseph Miller, Pier Marzocca, John Lee, and Giorgio Gaviraghi.
Since its release, the Star Voyager Roadmap has consistently placed in the top ten Amazon best sellers in the field.
The Star Voyager Roadmap had its genesis in the enthusiasm created by the 100 Year Star Ship interstellar joint initiative of DARPA and NASA AMES (100yss.org). For the first time in history, the interstellar travel theme has been opened as a domain for serious scientific collaboration and public participation. The Star Voyager group came together to do just that, to do their part in making the next step in space exploration a reality. As with previous advances in space-focused technologies, the development of interstellar travel technologies will have benefits that advance science and technologies throughout society here on Earth.
Among the first manned starship proposals, the Star Voyager Roadmap describes potential scenarios for our immediate space faring future. It also demonstrates how these will support and contribute to the overall goal of achieving interstellar travel. Focusing on the first 100 years as a reasonable timeframe to identify the plausible milestones necessary to attain a continuous and extensive space-faring capability, it addresses the human, technological, and financial challenges of interstellar travel.
Comments from some of the authors:
Armen Papazian: Financial Economist, founder and CEO of Keipr Ltd and Chief Executive of the International Space Development HUB (ISDHub), “We need to unleash our economic imagination in order to unlock the resources we need to finance deep space exploration.”
Giorgio Gaviraghi: CEO of Exponential Design Lab, “To make possible, what seems impossible, is up to you.”
John Lee: President and Executive Director of Leeward Space Foundation, “If you want to save the Earth, move to outer space and you save Humanity as well.”
Joseph D. Miller: Associate Professor Keck School of Medicine at USC, “Earth is the cradle of humanity. But learning to walk means developing the resources of the solar system. And learning to run means, as Samuel Clemens said ‘letting out for the territory’ – interstellar in this case.”
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Star Voyager is a unique space initiative that brings together a growing consortium of professionals, all determined to take a leap into space. Star Voyager has a twofold mission. The first is to develop a plan for opening up the solar system to exploration, development and eventual colonization. The second is to initiate, promote, and support the drive to technological innovation that will lead us to the endless frontier, to interstellar space. Star Voyager is a sponsored initiative of the Leeward Space Foundation, a non-profit organization registered in the state of Georgia, USA.
About the Star Voyager Roadmap
The Star Voyager roadmap is born in the wake of a new enthusiasm created by the 100 Year Star Ship interstellar joint initiative of DARPA and NASA AMES (100 year starship, 100yss.org). The Star Ship program, for the first time in history, has fully opened up the interstellar travel theme as a domain for serious scientific collaboration and public participation.
This roadmap describes potential scenarios for our immediate space faring future and demonstrates how these will support and contribute to the overall goal of achieving interstellar travel. This work in progress looks at both the infrastructure and the expedient strategies critical for interstellar travel. It focuses on the first 100 years as a reasonable time frame to identify the plausible milestones necessary to attain a continuous and extensive space-faring capability.
There is a high-level discussion of major current and developing propulsion systems and power generation concepts as well as the evolution of effective space based support infrastructures, such as platforms, elevators, tethers, lander-shuttles, mining, space based manufacturing, and life support systems.
The book explores transformative and innovative technologies, such as those based on asteroid deflection/earth-orbiting and utilization, aiming to provide basic resources and enable reusable space based transportation systems.
For example, the book describes an expedient Cruiser-Lander-shuttle structure, as a totally reusable and sustainable transportation system for travel to the Moon and Mars, together with integrated technologies that will enable surface and underground outposts in our neighboring solar bodies; ultimately leading to the formation of sustainable communities. Also described is an asteroid based starship model, design and plan.
Progressive steps to a manned interstellar mission will include novel technologies, such as artificial gravity and a necessary closed system ecology suitable for a voyage of at least 40 years. It will also include the social and psychological evaluation of the requirements for a stable and viable community in near-total isolation from the rest of humanity for many decades.
Discussion of manned interstellar space exploration covers related evolutionary, and sustainability issues, such as the preservation of terrestrial ecosystems, the conservation of human, animal, and plant embryos in space based biological banks, and the transformation of a star traveling human population.
The roadmap to interstellar space addresses not just the technological and human path ahead, but also the much needed transformations of our economic and financial imagination today. Indeed, the current debt-based monetary architecture of the world is not conducive to large space investments. The book discusses a number of key concepts important for the sustainable financing of space exploration and interstellar travel.
This roadmap also introduces ISDHub, International Space Development HUB (ISDHub, isdhub.com), as a tangible initiative of foundations and businesses who have come together to develop a HUB for commercial space exploration. The purpose of ISDHub is to create a space platform as a catalyst for innovations and investments in a unique and indispensable 21st century industry.