Foundations of Interstellar Studies
Workshop at City Tech, CUNY
June 13-15, 2017, New York, NY USA

A workshop on interstellar flight, organized by the institute for interstellar studies, the Physics Department and the Center for Theoretical Physics at City Tech

At the start of this new millennium we are faced with one of the greatest challenges of our age — can we cross the vast distances of space to visit other worlds around other stars? At the end of the last century the idea of interstellar travel was considered one of science fiction. In recent times that has changed and interstellar flight has received much interest. This is particularly since the discovery of many planets outside of our Solar System around other stars. Indeed, we now know that an Earth sizes mass planet orbits one of our closest stars, Proxima b. In addition, national space agencies and private commercial industry are beginning to turn their attention to the planets and beyond. It is time to start considering the bold interstellar journey and how we might accomplish it. Yet, this challenge presents many difficult problems to solve and who better to address them than the global physics community.

The Institute For Interstellar Studies (I4IS) and the Center for Theoretical Physics (CTP) at City Tech have partnered to bring together some of the best minds in the fields of physics to address some of the fundamental problems associated with becoming an interstellar capable civilisation.

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Institute for Interstellar Studies


Authors should submit their papers before the workshop (deadline 9th of June), nevertheless they will be given a chance to revise the submission after the event. The paper has to be edited following JBIS style guide, and then sent to, both in word and pdf.

All submitted papers will go through peer-reviewed process and, eventually, will be considered for publication by JBIS, the Journal of the British Interplanetary Society, which is the oldest astronautical journal in the world (1934). Kelvin F. Long is one of its former Chief Editors and will be working with the existing editorial team to facilitate the process.

Poster presentation will have a dedicated area and will be displayed during the three days conference. The Poster size should be 40x31 in (1.02x 0.80 m). If necessary, it can be increased - but never exceed 48x48 in (1.20x1.20 m).


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Download Poster Template and Style Guide

For further information you should contact one of the following who head up the organizing committee:

CUNY Co-Chairman: Roman Kezerashvili
I4IS Co-Chairman: Kelvin F Long
Secretary: Elena Ancona
Local Organizing Committee: Roman Kezerashvili
Lufeng Leng
Gregory Matloff
Giovanni Ossola

Program & Speakers

The program for the three days is outlined below, and although alternative papers will be considered that are related to these fields, it is expected that these themes will make up the main focus of the discussions. The event will be held at the CUNY New York City College of Technology, Atrium Amphitheatre, Namm building, 300 Jay St, Brooklyn, NY 11201, USA.

The opening dinner will take place at the Harvard Club of New York City, 35 West 44th Street, on Monday 12th June. Art exhibitions by C Bangs, Carmela Tal Baron and Kari Weatherbee who will all be in attendance. Moreover, art work will be exhibited from the artists Adrian Mann, David Hardy and Alex Storer. Inspiring classical music and a poetry reading will provide entertainment while discussing about the Cosmos and interstellar travel.

Time Topic Speaker Organization
08.15 Late registrations
08.30 Opening by Organizing Committee
08.40 Welcome by Session Chairman: Kelvin Long
08.50 1. The Fusion Fuel Resource Base in our Solar System  Robert G. Kennedy III Institute for Interstellar Studies US
09.30 2. Heat Transfer in Fusion Starship Radiation Shielding Systems  Michel Lamontagne Icarus Interstellar
10.10 3. Plasma Dynamics in a Z-Pinch Fusion Engine  Robert Freeland Icarus Interstellar
10.50 Coffee break
11.10 4. Continuous Grid Inertial Electrostatic Confinement Fusion  Raymond J. Sedwick et al. University of Maryland
11.50 Workshop Discussion Session
12.30 Lunch break
13.30 5. Direct Fusion Drive for Interstellar Exploration  Samuel Cohen et al. Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory
14.10 6. High Beta Cusp Confinement: A Path to Compact Fusion Regina Sullivan Lockheed Martin Skunk Works
14.50 7. Laser-Powered Electric Propulsion for Interstellar Precursor Missions  Angelo Genovese Initiative for Interstellar Studies
15.30 Coffee break
15.50 8. Positron Propulsion for Interplanetary and Interstellar Travel  Ryan Weed et al. Positron Dynamics Inc.
16.30 9. Combined Thermal Desorption and Electrical Propulsion of Sailcraft using space environmental effect  Elena Ancona and Roman Ya. Kezerashvili New York City College of Technology
17.10 Workshop Discussion Session
17.50 Chairman Summary
18.00 End of the Session

Poster Presentations displayed throughout the three days of the workshop in the area of the coffee break.

Time Topic Speaker Organization
08.40 Welcome by Session Chairman: Roman Kezerashvili
08.50 1. Solar Sail Propulsion: A Roadmap from Today's Technology to Interstellar Sailships  Les Johnson and Edward E. Montgomery Tennessee Valley Interstellar Workshop and MontTech LLC
09.30 2. Enabling the First Generation of Interstellar Missions  Philip M. Lubin UC Santa Barbara
10.10 3. The Andromeda Study: Some Design Solutions for Project Starshot  Andreas M. Hein et al. Initiative for Interstellar Studies
10.50 Coffee break
11.10 4. Solar System Escape Mission with Solar Sail Spacecraft in the Framework of Post-Newtonian Gravitational Theory  Olga L. Starinova and Irina V. Gorbunova Samara National Research University
11.50 Workshop Discussion Session
12.30 Lunch break
13.30 5. Effects of Enhanced Graphene Reflection on Performance of Sun-Launched Interstellar Arks  Gregory L. Matloff New York City College of Technology
14.10 6. Gram-Scale Nano-Spacecraft Entry into Star Systems  A. A. Jackson Lunar and Planetary Institute
14.50 7. Rigid Light Sail Dynamics and Control for Launch and Acceleration Using Controlled Optical Metamaterials  Eric T. Malroy NASA Johnson Space Center
15.30 Coffee break
15.50 8. The Prediction of Particle Bombardment Interaction Physics due to Ions, Electrons and Dust in the Interstellar medium on a Gram-Scale Interstellar Probe  Kelvin F. Long Institute for Interstellar Studies
16.30 9. Accelerator Technologies for Simulation of Dust Impacts at Starflight Velocities  Andrew J. Higgins McGill University
17.10 Workshop Discussion Session
17.50 Chairman Summary
18.00 End of the Session
20.00 Workshop Dinner at Sheraton Brooklyn

Poster Presentations displayed throughout the three days of the workshop in the area of the coffee break.

Time Topic Speaker Organization
08.40 Welcome by Session Chairman: Harold White
08.50 1. Pilot Wave Model for Impulsive Thrust from RF Test Device Measured in Vacuum  Harold G. White NASA JSC Eagleworks
09.30 2. Mach Effect Gravitational Assist Drive  Heidi Fearn et al. California State University Fullerton
10.10 3. Entanglement and Chameleon Acceleration  Glen A. Robertson GAResearch LLC
10.50 Coffee break
11.10 4. Tests of Fundamental Laws of Physics in Interstellar Flight  Roman Ya. Kezerashvili New York City College of Technology
11.50 Workshop Discussion Session
12.30 Lunch break
13.30 5. An Epitaxial Device for Dynamic Interaction with the Vacuum State  David C. Hyland Texas A&M University
14.10 6. Pressing Hydrogen to Exotic Quantum States  Ranga Dias Harvard University
14.50 7. Self-Sustained Traversable Wormholes and Casimir Energy Remo Garattini Initiative for Interstellar Studies UK and University of Bergamo
15.30 Coffee break
15.50 8. Human Exploration of The Solar System as a Precursor to Interstellar Travel: Outlook and Realities  Ralph L. McNutt Jr. Johns Hopkins University
16.30 9. First Stop on the Interstellar Journey: The Solar Gravity Lens Focus  Louis Friedman and Slava G. Turyshev The Planetary Society and California Institute of Technology
17.10 Workshop Discussion Session
17.50 Chairman Summary
18.00 End of the Session

Poster Presentations displayed throughout the three days of the workshop in the area of the coffee break.



15 February 2017   — Go Live on announcement and invitations
15 March 2017   — Submission of “extended abstracts”
25 March 2017   — Extension of submission deadline if not sufficient
31 March 2017   — Papers selected and authors informed
01-16 April 2017   — Early bird registration open
17 April - 26 May 2017   — Regular registration open
9 June 2017   — Deadline for paper submission
12 June 2017   — Opening Event at Harvard Club
13, 14, 15 June 2017   — Workshop in New York
  • Participants can take advantage of a discounted rate at the Sheraton Brooklyn Hotel.
  • Early registration (by April 16, 2017) fee for attendance is $200 per person, regular registration (by April 17 - May 26, 2017) fee is $250 per person . Click here to pay, and please make sure you have the confirmation of the payment at the Conference registration on Day 1. Don’t forget to register with the form below.
  • Participants will be provided with refreshments and lunches each day and also invited to attend the formal workshop dinner at the Sheraton Brooklyn Hotel on the evening of Day 2. A special social-cultural event on the evening of Monday 12th 1800-2100 will take place at Cambridge Room, Harvard Club of New York City, 35 West 44th Street, New York, NY 10036. Learn More

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Statement of Solidarity for the Interstellar Vision

Declared Consensus by participants of the Foundations of Interstellar Studies Workshop on interstellar flight, 13-15 June 2017 in the City of New York.

The firmest foundation for interstellar studies is a community united by a common goal, to travel to and explore space beyond the Solar System, but committed to the mastery of their individual fields and interests. We have assembled here in the great city of New York to advance the state of interstellar studies, especially in regard to the type of engines to propel our future vessels across the stars. We educated ourselves, shared knowledge and wisdom with one another, and learned new things — some of which were profound. We observe that many great questions remain unanswered, and we suspect that others are yet unasked. We know that our field is young, and therefore it is premature to close off any avenue of scientific inquiry, or settle on just one approach. Whilst we embrace a spirit of friendly competition to advance all conceptual methods and advance the capabilities critical to achieving interstellar flight, we also observe the need for constructive collaboration that enhances our shared aim. Realizing these things, we must foster the closest co-operation among practitioners, because no one effort will be able to solve all of the problems necessary to conquer one of the most awesome challenges in human history by itself. The interstellar community will succeed in claiming humankind’s place in the stars. Together our open exchange of ideas has also revealed the vital relationship between the sciences and the arts, and we will continue to promote the key visual projects that benefit our aspirational goals. Examining the developments in popular culture within just the last seven years, we have observed that the public mind has changed noticeably in regards to the feasibility and potential for interstellar travel. Our consciousness has been raised thanks to organizations and individuals that anticipated the future and worked towards its fulfillment, as we will continue to work towards the astounding possibilities of existence that await our promising future.

The Foundations of Interstellar Studies Workshop on interstellar flight was organized by City University of New York and the Institute for Interstellar Studies. The declaration was made at CUNY City Tech New York, USA on Thursday June 15 2017.


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