Videos of Starship Century Symposium Part 1

Starship Century is a symposium coordinated by the Arthur C. Clarke Center for Human Imagination in collaboration with Gregory and James Benford, presenting ideas from their anthology of science and science fiction of a 100 year project to create a starship.

The symposium was held at the Arthur C. Clarke Center for Human Imagination at the University of California San Diego on May 21st and 22nd, 2013.

Starship Century is available in paperback and ebook formats. Profits from the sale of the book will go toward interstellar research.

Below are the videos from May 21st in scheduled order.  Videos from May 22nd.

Opening Remarks

Peter Schwartz – Starships and Fates of Humankind

Freeman Dyson – Noah’s Ark Eggs and Warm Blooded Plants

Robert Zubrin – On the Way to Starflight Economics of Interstellar Breakout

Neal Stephenson – Thinking Big

Patti Grace Smith – Developing Near Space

Geoffrey Landis – The Nuclear Rocket Workhorse of the Solar System

Chris Lewicki The Coming Interplanetary Economy

Panel – The Future of New Space, Moderated by Peter Schwartz

Explore these ideas and more in Starship Century. Limited edition paperback copies can be purchased here. Profits from the sale of the book will go toward interstellar research.

Videos from May 22nd

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Videos of Starship Century Symposium Part 1 — 9 Comments

  1. Any conventional propulsion scheme is not good enough for a variety of reasons including political, economic, psychological as well as technological. Only a low power warp/wormhole metric engineering will work. Look at the coupling G/c^4 of applied stress energy Tuv to the gravity field Guv in Einstein’s GR equation. Now imagine you can make c very small like stopping light in Bose-Einstein condensates. What “c”is in Einstein’s equation? Phase, group, or signal speed. Also what about meta-materials? I am not talking about simulations of warp drive here. There is new physics here to be investigated.

  2. Nuclear rockets and the other conventional ideas discussed in these videos should of course be done, but they will only work for solar system missions. Nothing short of warp/wormhole technology harnessing and amplifying dark energy perhaps – will do for interstellar and beyond missions.

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  4. I’m watching Zubrin right now, and he can’t do basic calculus. His equation 6 should conclude that dT/dt ~ T, but doesn’t.

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