The Initiative for Interstellar Studies (i4is), contacted us recently – they are a UK-based international membership organisation promoting research and education into interstellar exploration.
The initiative supports interstellar education and research from secondary school through to university, and this includes a Master’s programme at the International Space University, Strasbourg, and two successive Summer Schools at the Royal Institution.
One of their most prominent pieces of technical research is Project Lyra, a feasibility study for a mission to send a robotic space probe to 1I/’Oumuamua, the first interstellar object ever to be discovered flying through our solar system. Project Lyra attracted the attention of both specialist and general media including New Scientist, Scientific American, NBC News, IEEE Spectrum and the London Review of Books. Further papers have refined the Lyra concepts including missions to interstellar comet 2I/Borisov.