|Posted on October 1, 2011 at 6:05 PM|
LIO curator and co-ordinator Michael Gilson-De Lemos met with LIO Fellows and other speakers or workshop leaders visioning low-cost, peaceful interstellar travel efforts and autonomous colonies of voluntary character 100 years from now. "The best way to change the future," he told participants, "is to make it." Here he and teen Libertarians in public office at session greet representative of Virgin Galactic, and later LIO Friends and others at Tau-Zero, NASA, Icarus Interstellar, DARPA and other co-sponsors and participants. Unlike other conferences, it was opened free to the public, many of who participated in comment and brainstorm sessions.
Libertarians and futurists worldwide praised a pioneering conference on the century long changes to launch interstellar starships to colonize planets in a peaceful way.
For some time LIO has been working for a conference open to the public to begin the needed development, especially private, for Stellar colonization, saying we need to think in terms of at least a century. Efforts first focused at the first 1977 conference on Private Space Industrialization, hosted by the American Astronautical Society at the behest of LIO Fellows Robert Heinlein and G. Harry Stine, with LIO Co-ordinator M. Gilson as a lead keynote speaker, along with other pioneers such as Robert Poole of Reason. This launched a trend for the needed generational and attitude changes for a world movement.
In this year's international Space Week on October 1 2011, this movement became a reality.
Over 100 Libertarians joined attendeess at http://www.100yss.org -- The 100 Year Starship™ Study Conference in Orlando, Florida, USA, which describes itself as: "...an effort seeded by DARPA to develop a viable and sustainable model for persistent, long-term, private-sector investment into the myriad of disciplines needed to make long-distance space travel practicable and feasible.
The genesis of this study is to foster a rebirth of a sense of wonder among students, academia, industry, researchers and the general population to consider "why not" and to encourage them to tackle whole new classes of research and development related to all the issues surrounding long duration, long distance spaceflight. "
In the main session, after greetings from Richard Branson of Virgin Galactic with several astronauts and intellectual leaders, and a keynote update by Virgin representatives, workshops discussed:
>Long range support groups, required legal changes
>Private exploration and law systems
>Faster-than-Light (FTL) Travel research
>Century-long private funding
>Status of private-public spaceports
>Milestones for Solar colonization
>Training and international goodwill creating a cohesive culture to drive change-- a "Starfleet" set of groups
>Peaceful use and e.g. defense against asteroid collision, etc.
A long-term Libertarian contact group was created by attendees to be curated byr LIO with a web presence in due course. Mr. Gilson-De Lemos or "MG", LIO Co-ordinator, received a special cerificate of recognition for his work from Libertarians in a separate event. MG made a few remarks of thanks citing his ancestors who had developed the first expeditions past the Equator, discovering the New World, and proposing space travel: "... We were there in 1511, 1921, 1971 and '77, today--and will be there in 2111. Change is slow, but we've been doing this a very, very long time. No one here today doubts the great truth that people strive to be basically good. The Stars are the path to our future heritage, and we will all benefit from Libertarian tools in, as Washington said, a growing social spirit of Justice and Liberality among all peoples."