April 12, 2022
The British Interplanetary Society’s ‘Beyond the Moon’ symposium is a focus for future space activity and anticipating the steps that the human race will have to take to ensure its long-term survival, will, to invite and encourage international participation, again be virtual. Registration details and links will be provided shortly.
In the run up to the event: Contributions are welcome.
Papers, presentations and talks should identify and define the problems that must be faced by humans as they explore, exploit and settle the solar system in the years following the establishing of bases on the Moon and, if possible, propose solutions.
The BIS is keen to stimulate the study of the 10 most important barriers to human expansion into the solar system:
- Radiation – both en-route and on planet surfaces.
- Extended Flight Time – crew survival, resupply and advanced high speed propulsion systems.
- Zero or Low Gravity – both en-route and on planet surfaces.
- Self-Sustainable Communities – with zero replenishment.
- Infection – pandemics in densely-populated communities.
- Mental Robustness – long-term isolation and loneliness.
- Machine Intelligence – reliance on Artificial Intelligence and the fear of ‘HAL’.
- Economics – State or commercially funded.
- Socio-Cultural – the right choices for colony survival.
- Political/Ideological/Religious – successful societies will evolve their own belief systems.