It is official! TVIW is now recognized as a tax-exempt, 501(c)(3) educational, non-profit corporation by U.S. Internal Revenue Service. For U.S. tax purposes, all donations to TVIW are fully tax deductible (as allowed by your local laws).
In this issue, you will read about updates on the TVIW 2014 conference, our new website and bookmark, Remote Sensing at Tamke-Allan Observatory Balloon Flight TAOrem-1, TVIW at LibertyCon 27, commentary by Ken Roy on why we should travel to another star, and a farewell to a visionary and icon of the space community, Frederick I. Ordway, III. [Click here to read it].
We are very pleased to announce the following featured attendees to TVIW 2014: Dr. Robert Hamson, Dr. Mae Jemison, Geoff Landis, Kelvin Long, John C. Mankins, Jack McDevitt, and Dr. Sara Seager. You can find out more about them on our TVIW 2014 Featured Attendees page. Check back soon as we have more names to annouce in the upcoming month.
For all those who are still interested in the Student Essay Contest, the deadline has been moved to October 1, 2014. Click here to find out more about it.
The Tennessee Valley Interstellar Workshop is a not-for-profit scientific-education corporation in the state of Tennessee. It was conceived by Les Johnson, Greg Matloff, and Robert Kennedy, on a sunny Wednesday morning, July 13, 2011, on the patio of a charming little hotel (which no longer exists, regrettably) in the ancient city of Aosta in the Italian Alps, at the conclusion of the IAA's 7th Biennial Symposium on Realistic Near-Term Scientific Space Missions. As Les eloquently put it:
"The Tennessee Valley Interstellar Workshop is an opportunity for relaxed sharing of ideas in directions that will stimulate and encourage Interstellar exploration including propulsion, communications, and research. The 'Workshop' theme suggests that the direction should go beyond that of a 'conference'. Attendees are encouraged to not only present intellectual concepts but to develop these concepts to suggest projects, collaboration, active research and mission planning. It should be a time for engaging discussions, thought-provoking ideas, and boundless optimism contemplating a future that may one day be within the reach of humanity."
Though the TVIW concept was explicitly intended to be regional (viz., the American Southeast), it in fact acquired an international flair from the beginning, with the immediate participation of Dr. Claudio Maccone of Italy (sitting at the same table with the founders in Aosta in fact) as well as the invited all-expenses-paid presentation of one of our geoengineering papers to their national weather service and Institute of the Russian Academy of Sciences in Moscow in November 2011 just three weeks before the workshop itself. Since then, international participation has grown, for example the full involvement and support of the prestigious British Interplanetary Society, as well as the Initiative for Interstellar Studies and Icarus Interstellar. This is all to the good, but its heart is still in the Tennessee Valley.
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