No really! The Icarus Interstellar Starship Congress is meeting in Dallas Texas today August 15 and running through August 18th.
Actually this is very cool, getting the interstellar community to discuss and maybe generate tangible action. The idea is to move towards some sort of interstellar civilization.
This year the IISC is a four-day event with an eye towards to generate what I call an “action timetable”, simply setting project management goals.
Obviously none of this is going to happen all at once and that’s sort of the point. For example ‘Day 1’ of the congress will focus on what can realistically be accomplished in the next twenty years. Taking stock in what is possible now and some reasonable guesses on what sort of advances can be expected. By day three the discussion will focus on 50 years and longer out.
If you think this is fanciful keep in mind these are for the most part, visionary people and the interstellar concepts are just part of what some of the involved groups are doing and they are very-very good at what they do. The leading think tank in the meeting is The British Interplanetary Society or the BIS. The BIS was founded in 1933 and even then the group was forward thinking. The fledgling BIS members Harry Ross and Ralph Smith designed and worked on the logistics of living and working on a space station – the year? 1948.
The British Interplanetary Society is really quite the interesting group.
One thing is for sure, when I get to London I just have to pay them a visit!
Some of the others in the Congress are:
Hopefully they will publish an synopsis of the proceedings, I’d like to see them.