The Tennessee Valley Interstellar Workshop is an opportunity for relaxed sharing of ideas in directions that will stimulate and encourage Interstellar exploration including propulsion, communications, and research.
The 'Workshop' theme suggests that the direction should go beyond that of a 'conference'. Attendees are encouraged to not only present intellectual concepts but to develop these concepts to suggest projects, collaboration, active research and mission planning.
It should be a time for engaging discussions, thought-provoking ideas, and boundless optimism contemplating a future that may one day be within the reach of humanity.
Workshop Rate: $89.00
Call hotel directly or book online under the name TN Valley Interstellar Workshop or code STR
5903 University Drive • Huntsville, Alabama 35806
Phone: (256) 830-0600 Fax: (256) 830-9576
Toll Free: (800) 845-7275
SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 3
5:00 pm Opening Reception hosted by Baen Books
MONDAY, FEBRUARY 4
8:00 am Welcome and Opening Remarks (Les Johnson - Chairman)
8:15 am Keynote Address (Jan Davis - NASA Astronaut)
9:00 am Black Hole Devours Star Over Huntsville - The Draco Killshot (William Lucas)
9:20 am The Institute for Interstellar Studies & Catalyzing Starship R&D (Kelvin Long)
9:50 am Coffee Break hosted by Nexolve
10:20 am Things We Need to Know About the Brain Before We Go (Robert E. Hampson)
10:45 am Evolving Algorithmic Communication Structures for Interstellar Travel and SETI
(David Fields, et al)
11:10 am Sorry We Didn't Mean to Break Your Culture (Robert Lightfoot)
11:35 am Destinations for Colonization (Stephen Covey)
12:00 noon Lunch and Plenary Panel (E. Hughes, R. Lightfoot, R. Kennedy, L. Johnson)
2:00 pm Colonizing Brown Dwarfs and Orphans (Ken Roy)
2:25 pm The Search for Man 2.0 (Fred Sloop)
2:50 pm Coffee Break hosted by Nexolve and Group Photo #1
3:20 pm Martians Will Make the Best Interstellar Voyagers (Gerald Driggers)
3:45 pm Dyson Dots: A Longer View (Robert Kennedy)
4:10 pm Interstellar Travel Without "Magic" (Gordon Woodcock)
4:40 pm Interstellar Flight: From Conception to Reality (Richard Obousy)
5:05 pm Private Funding of Space Ventures (Any L. Herring)
5:30 pm Build a Starship - 100 Year Starship ... (Mike Mongo)
5:55 pm Adjourn for Dinner (on you own)
8:00 pm BoFs 1 - Parallel Tech Focus Sessions for all attendees (at the hotel)
TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 5
8:00 am Keynote Address - Mathematical SETI (Claudio Maccone)
8:45 am Getting It All Together - Lessons Learned and Capabilities for Large Scale Next Generation Solar Sails (Greg Laue)
9:10 am High Temperature Nanocomposites Nuclear Thermal Propulsion (James Maxwell)
9:35 am Looking for Ultra-ships (Al Jackson)
10:00 am Coffee Break hosted by Nexolve
10:30 am Growing Spaceships? (Tony Robertson)
10:55 am Developing A Single-Person Emergency Atmospheric Reentry Device (SPEARED) for Use in Catostrophic Failures of Entry Vehicles (Stephanie Osborn, et al)
11:20 am Initial Base Development Using Current Modular Techniques (Travis Taylor, et al)
11:45 am The Hub Hab: A Self Sufficient Planetary Habitat and Lander (Ed Kiker)
12:10 pm Lunch and Plenary Panel (E. Hughes, R. Lightfoot, R. Kennedy, L. Johnson)
2:00 pm JWST Sunshield Facility Tour
4:00 pm Coffee Break hosted by Nexolve
5:30 pm Adjourn for Dinner (on your own)
7:00 pm Public Interstellar Forum Sponsored by HAL-5 at Calhoun Community College
Using Video to Engage the Interstellar Comunity... (Bill Cress)
Slow Boat to Centauri: A Millennial Route to Interstellar Expansion (Paul Gilster
Panel Discussion (Les Johnson, Gordon Woodcock, Kelvin Long, Paul Gilster
Richard Obousy, and Bill Cress)
WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 6
8:00 am Tour of the United Launch Alliance Rocket Plant (advance sign up required)
12:00 noon "On your own" tour of the US Space and Rocket Center
Bill Cress, Icarus Interstellar
Dr. Jan Davis, NASA Astronaut / Vice President, Jacobs Engineering Group
Stephen Fleming, Vice-President at Georgia Institute of Technology
Les Johnson, Deputy Manager of NASA MSFC's Advanced Concepts Office / Author
Dr. Robert Lightfoot, Associate Professor of Sociology, Waycross College
Kelvin Long, Editor, Journal of the British Interplanetary Society, Executive Director The Institute for Interstellar Studies
Dr. Claudio Maccone, IAA Technical Director and Chair, SETI Permanent Committee
Richard Obousy, President, Icarus Interstellar
Stephanie Osborn, Author
Toni Weisskopf, Publisher, Baen Books
Gordon Woodcock, National Space Society (former NSS Director)
as well as scientists, engineers, authors, anthropologists, sociologists and others from the Tennessee Valley and elsewhere.
Follow us on Twitter: #TVIW13
Sunday evening's opening reception is sponsored by Baen Books.
The workshop will be held in Huntsville, AL.
A special issue of the Journal of the British Interplanetary Society will be published with selected papers from the workshop.
You can read about the First Tennessee Valley Interstellar Workshop here.
Special thanks to our other sponsors: Noxolve, ORION, The Ultimax Group, the Institute for Interstellar Studies, and the Huntsville Alabama L5 Society.