The Brijuni Conference

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Space, the final frontier

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“Space, the final frontier. These are the voyages of the Starship Enterprise, its five year mission to explore strange new worlds, to seek out new life, and new civilizations, to boldly go where no man has gone before…” - Star Trek

Our civilization is at the moment in time when it must decide to step into the Universe to seek out a new habitat. This is the grandest project ever in the history of mankind which shall determine its fate. Dreams have always shaped the evolution of our civilization - should they be abandoned we are doomed to perish. Striving towards this goal is a combined effort of science and technology that shall be reviewed at this conference. The topics to be covered are: the frontiers of our knowledge about Space, how to access Space in an affordable way for many of us who would want to travel there as we do on Earth, energy and materials as prerogatives for the development of settlements in Space, development of intelligent machines as an imperative help in Space, Space communication, and very importantly, defence and protection against the hostile environment that is Universe. A subject to investigate of special significance is the origin of life and requirements for life to arise and flourish, to be able to discover life and to preserve it, and also to identify the means of establishing a sustainable environment in remote places.

 

 

Life and intelligence

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 Contemplation of two visitors from Sirus and Saturn to Earth about the meaning of life and intelligence is one of the best written tracts on these subjects. French Enlihtenment writer Voltaire was a versatile intellectual famous for his wit and advocacy of freedom of religion, freedom of speech, and separation of church and state.

Machines and intelligence

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 Writers of science fiction articulate primeval longings of humans to reach the Space, but only few of them combine fiction and science.  Perhaps the most famous is Arthur Clark with his stories that also carry profound perspective of possible future. Global communication was realized but the inhabited space station is for the future. In 2001 Space Odyssey Clark confronts humans with intelligent machine Hal.

Dreams come true

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 There are always those who dream but make them come true, or at least doing something about it. Rockets have been around for millennia but true step towards making them serious tool to reach the Space was made by K.E. Tsiolkovsky and R. H. Goddard. The former gave the theoretical tools for rocket technology  and contemplated space travel (left photo) whilst the latter made the first modern rocket (right photo).

 

Organizers

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Advisory Committee

Z. Uvalić
Airbus Defence and Space, Stevenage

 

 

Organizing committee

Vibor Jelić

Ivan Ljubić

Irena Kos

Mirta Medanić

 

 

Chairman

Slobodan Danko Bosanac

R. Boskovic Institute

Bijenicka c. 54

Zagreb, Croatia

email: bosanac@irb.hr

tel: +385 1 4561038

http://www.irb.hr/users/bosanac/