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Day 1: Starship Engineer
Starship Engineer - Saturday 25th November (1030-1730)
This course aims to give you a basic grounding in interstellar studies. We go from considering the essential requirements to giving you an overview of different spacecraft systems. We then take you on a journey through several actual starship design studies, and show you how to calculate and evolve an interstellar machine. We will give a broad set of examples from the literature, but focus on two specific case studies, that of fusion propulsion and laser-sail propulsion, as plausible ways by which we may someday reach the distant stars.

Day 2: Science Fiction Starships
Science Fiction Starships - Sunday 26th November (1030-1730)
The works of science fiction literature have produced many fascinating starship concepts, but how realistic are they? In this one day course we will examine texts such as laser-sails in “The Mote in God’s Eye” (Larry Niven and Jerry Pournelle), Torch Ships in “Time for the Stars” (Robert Heinlein), Quantum Ramjets in “The Songs of Distant Earth” (Arthur C Clarke) and other inspirational examples of interstellar vessels. This course will teach you how to evaluate these ideas from the imagination and how to perform a physics and engineering assessment of their feasibility.

Education Requirements:
The courses are open to everyone and anyone is welcome to attend, but to participate in the design
workshops it is recommended that you have some familiarity with basic mathematics and algebra.

Pricing:
Normal rate: £180 per day or £280 for the two days.
Discounted rate (students and senior citizens): £90 per day or £140 for the two days;
includes students and senior citizens. Lunch and coffee will be provided on the day for all.
Contact info@i4is.org for details and how to pay.

Getting there:
Charfield is 10 minutes from M5 Junction 14, 30 minutes of Bristol Parkway station on the Great Western line and within one hours drive of Bristol (and its international airport) and Swindon. Accommodation options in the neighbourhood will be available.

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