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New book on Deep Space Flight
Written by PI Club Admin   
As each civilization becomes more knowledgeable they will recognize, as we now have recognized, that each civilization has been given a single great gift: a lens of such power that no reasonably technology could ever duplicate or surpass its power. This lens is the civilization's star; in our case, our sun. The gravity of each such star acts to bend space, and thus the paths of any wave or particle, in the end creating an image just as familiar lenses do. - Frank Drake
pint member Claudio Maccone looks in his new book Deep Space Flight and Communicaton at two important aspects of space missions with prospects for interstellar flight: Part 1 looks at the ways in which it is possible to exploit the focusing effect of the Sun as a gravitational lens for scientific missions to distances of 550 AU and beyond into interstellar space. Part 2 of the book deals with the problems of communicating between an interstellar spaceship and the Earth, especially at very high speeds.
Last Updated ( Thursday, 09 April 2009 )
Project Faces from Earth launched
Written by Tibor Pacher   
The first Faces from Earth event - more on the basic ideas can be read here - was presented on the 6th February in the Kieler Gelehrtenschule (the oldest secondary school in Kiel) for ca 250 pupils and parents. On the 13rd March, in cooperation with the Theremin-Workshop Without-Touch 3.0 in Lippstadt 240 pupils of the Gymnasium Overhagen enjoyed the lecture and the theremin music in Space Patrol - Remembering the 1st Theremin Concert for Aliens as well as the guests of the Workshop's  Opening Concert.
Last Updated ( Saturday, 28 March 2009 )
Project Daedalus - three decades on
Written by Tibor Pacher   

The British Interplanetary Society calls for papers for a symposium Daedealus after 30 years to be held on the 30th September in London, recalling the legendary Daedalus Project. As part of the symposium, a new initiative is also being announced: Project Icarus: son of Daedalus - flying closer to another star - a Tau Zero Foundation initiative in collaboration with the BIS. peregrinus interstellar and The PI Club will fully support Project Icarus.


Last Updated ( Thursday, 12 March 2009 )
New Frontiers in Propulsion Science
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The Space, Propulsion & Energy Sciences International Forum or SPESIF-2009 - an international  technical forum - is coming up im Hunstville, Alabama, February 24-27 2009. It includes the 6th Symposium on New Frontiers in the Space Propulsion Sciences.

Last Updated ( Monday, 23 February 2009 )
Transforming science-fiction into legitimate research foundations
Written by Tibor Pacher   
Frontiers of Propulsion Science - published by the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics, AIAA - is the first ever scholarly book on such edgy notions as gravity-control-propulsion and faster-than-light travel. These could become the kind of breakthroughs that would revolutionize spaceflight and enable human voyages to other star systems. Although these concepts might sound like science fiction, they are appearing in growing numbers in reputable scientific journals.
Last Updated ( Sunday, 28 June 2009 )
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