Space Horizons 2017 Schedule:

Wednesday February 15 for early arrivals:

 – noon: Michael Walthemathe, Ruhr-Universität Bochum on the importance, implications and responsibilities in extending human reach beyond the solar system (co-hosted by Brown’s program in technology in society)

List Art Center, Room 120 

 – 4.00 pm: Phil Lubin, University of California Santa Barbara, on progress toward realizing interstellar missions (co-hosted by Brown’s planetary sciences department)

                                                                                            Lincoln Field Building, Room 209

  – 5.00 pm: Welcome Reception at Planetary Sciences

Lincoln Field Building, Room 105

Thursday February 16

Barus and Holley Building, Room 190

8:00 -8:30AM   || registration and coffee

8:30-8:45 AM    || Larry Larson: Welcome from the Dean of Brown School of Engineering

8:45-9:15 AM     || Rick Fleeter : Introduction to Space Horizons: Destination Alpha Centauri

9:15-9:45 AM     || Simon Pete Worden: 2017 Keynote Address 

9:45-10:00 AM  || Jim Head: The Science Imperative

10:00-10:30AM ||Philip Lubin: ChipSat and laser propulsion technologies along with solutions relevant to interstellar mission capability

10:30-10:45 AM || Coffee Break

10:45-11:45 AM  || Ruslan Belikov (NASA Ames), Gregory Tucker (Brown University), Pete Klupar (Breakthrough Foundation) and Emily Gilbert (University of Chicago): The value of going to Alpha Centauri in addition to investing in remote observation from near earth

11:45-12 PM       || First Panel: Going There vs. Observing From Here

12:00-1:00 PM  || Lunch at Brown’s Faculty Club : Featuring student presentations of posters and informal discussion

1:10-1:15PM        || Video Presentation

1:15-1:45 PM       || Kerri Cahoy: The communication link from a low power chipsat 4+ light years away

1:45-2:15 PM      || Zachary Manchester: Flying ChipSats

2:15-2:45 PM      || Jordin Kare: Separating the Power Source and the Vehicle

2:45-3:00 PM     || Afternoon Coffee Break

3:00-3:30 PM     || Michael Walthemathe: from Ruhr University, Bochum in Germany, on engaging Earth’s society in Alpha Centauri as happened with the moon missions of Apollo

3:30-4:00 PM     || Second Panel: Societal impact of interstellar exploration

4:00 PM               || Closing Remarks