In 1903, the same year that the Wright Brothers made their historic flight, a Russian math teacher, Konstantin Tsiolkovski, advanced rocketry from an art to a science by deriving the rocket equation. Robert Goddard, Wernher von Braun, and others further advanced that work to build rockets. Eventually, new organizations were founded around those advancements to visit the Moon and create satellites that are now an integral part of the world’s communication and monitoring systems.
Following historic patterns, and considering where we are today, the quest for interstellar flight is at the early pioneering stage.
The advances on the left represent innovations, improvement in the way things were already being done. In contrast, the advances on the right represent departures from that norm into new realms – where revolutionary advancements are made. Each of these types of work are different. It has been show that preeminence is NOT sustained if all that is done is mere innovation. Someone has to stick their neck out into the unknown, and pull those visions into reality. THAT is what makes a pioneer. Image compilation: Marc Millis
If you know of a pioneering work related to interstellar flight (that we do not already have on our website), or you know someone who might quality as a pioneer, please send us only:
NOTE: A major requirement, however, is that we will only consider citations of peer-reviewed publications. This includes journal articles and books. We will NOT respond to inquires that only list URLs. For recommending individuals, a citation for at least one of their publications is required. We prefer to have recommendations come from colleagues instead of from the potential pioneers themselves.
Our practitioners cover a span of disciplines, but we do not yet have all the bases covered. The outline below shows who we have dealt with regarding which topics. Note that many vacancies exist. We especially welcome credible suggestions for filling these vacancies.
We are in need of basic operational support in accounting, fundraising, and volunteer coordination.