Human beings will live and work in space within 25 years, according to the New Worlds organization in Austin, Texas.
It was announced on Tuesday that the next step forward will help in developing the science, systems, tools, technologies, methods, and culture needed to build self-sustaining human communities beyond Earth.
The organization will host the second annual New Worlds Conference and Symposium at the AT&T Executive Education & Conference Center in Austin, TX on November 4-5, 2016. The event will bring together innovators in technology, business and government to discuss the needs of future human colonies on the Moon, Mars and Free Space, and to discuss new ideas from the next generation who will lead the way.
The New Worlds Institute is dedicated to the growing conversation that moves beyond how we will explore space, but rather how we will settle space. The public sector, private sector, engineers, and scientists are focused on social, cultural, technological and civic infrastructure that must be integrated to make space settlement a reality within the next 25 years, and what life will look like once we arrive.
“While so many focus on the logistics and politics of getting humans to the Moon, Mars and beyond, we know that work needs to be done to ensure we can survive and thrive once we’re there,” said Rick Tumlinson, Chairman of the New Worlds Institute. “How are humans going to feed themselves and supply power to settlements? Even issues related to reproduction must be considered if we are to live in space. These are the questions the New Worlds Institute is here to help answer.”
The two-day event will include the Space Settlement Symposium, a gathering of experts from NASA, the private sector, and academia presenting technologies and concepts that advance our capabilities to survive and thrive in space. Featuring a call for presentations of new concepts to be announced later this month, topics covered include: maintaining health and ensuring reproduction in space, the legal issues of who owns space, and the methods we will use to supply energy to these new settlements.
Another key component of the conference will feature speakers from various disciplines giving S.T.A.R. (Space Science, Technology, Art and Research) Talks on the challenges and opportunities that lie ahead as we open the frontier.
The Cities in Space Competition helps the next generation understand that they are designing our future. The competition will reward middle and high school students for the best 3D model and video designs for space colonies on the Moon, Mars and Free Space.
The inaugural Space Cowboy Ball will feature live music and a steam punk retro-future theme to complement the event’s goal of supporting New Worlds’ S.T.E.A.M. (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math) education initiatives. As a highlight of the event, the New Worlds Institute will present Space Cowboy awards to both a current visionary in the space community as well as a legend that helped pave the way to where we are today.
“We invite the big dreamers and philosophers, the engineers and the scientists, the scholars and the entrepreneurs to join us in Austin and help us build the foundation for the future of humankind,” said Tumlinson.
About New Worlds
New Worlds is a Texas 501(c)3, non-profit educational institution dedicated to opening the space frontier for human settlement. The foundation of the New Worlds Institute is a worldwide volunteer network comprised of scientists, engineers, students and entrepreneurs working to solve the practical issues of space habitation and sustainability of life in space and on other planets. The New Worlds Institute supports the development of flagship technologies, systems and ideas that will enable and accelerate the birth of prosperous and free human communities and economies beyond the Earth. – PRNewswire.