Starship Congress 2017

August 7-9, 2017 | Hyatt Regency | Monterey, CA

Starship Congress 2017

When did we start under-appreciating the Moon as a jump spot to the planets in our solar system - and beyond ??

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From the frozen tundra of the Arctic to the hottest Deserts in the world, we - humans - have explored resources, brought industry, created jobs and constructed bustling cities where we happily raise our families. Wherever it is we have decided to live, throughout Planet Earth, we have made miracles happen.

Everywhere we go, we create miracles.

So why is it, when we conceptualize humans living of the Moon, do we seldom make it past the stage of a Lunar settlement or science outpost? Why after just barely touching down on its surface do we think of the Moon as drab, dreary and desolate? Unwelcoming and unreachable. Where are the Lunar Cities, trans-lunar highways, schools and gardens?

How can we hope to gain experience living, building and working off planet without systematically capitalizing on our nearest, most accessible celestial body?

Since 2011, Icarus Interstellar has been researching the pathways which will allow humankind to reach the stars. As our efforts continue with the invaluable support of people like you, this year we commit Starship Congress to the work we need to do today to bring the stars within reach for everyone.

Its time to make Space a Place for Everybody.


Hyatt Regency Monterey Conference Center

If we want to see interstellar accomplishments in our lifetime we need a staging area in space and we need to be able to get our people and our machines up there.

We dedicate each day of our meeting to addressing actions towards making Space a Place for Everybody and welcome the community to submit papers/presentations for each of the following:

Day 1: The Moon as a Stepping Stone to the Stars (MOON):

  • Living on the Moon: Lunar city planning, lunar resources, construction, power, water, radiation shielding, living and working, economy, sociology.
  • Planetary, Deep Space and Interstellar exploration centered around the Moon: Spacecraft Shipyards, Lunar Space elevators, Planetary and Deep Space remote sensing Telescopes.

Day 2: Massive Space Access Project (MSAP) aka "Children in Space":

  • Earth to Moon and back: transport vehicles and systems, global logistics, tourism, legal and safety considerations, military presence.
  • Children in Space: Space education, youth space education program, people with disabilities in space, when will we send the first child to space? (when children can go to the moon, everyone will want to go!)

Day 3: Massive Space Based Infrastructure (MSBI):

  • Space and Lunar Industry: Space stations, mining stations, space services, telecommunications, zero gravity and lunar gravity manufacturing technology development
  • Space arts, sports, community and culture: everything not traditionally considered infrastructure, but which is necessary for humans to live, love and learn on the Moon and in space.


Submit abstracts to by Monday, July 3rd, 2017

Papers will be approved on a rolling basis with the final agenda shared on Monday, July 10th, 2017.



We have reserved a limited block of rooms at the conference hotel, so please do book early to make sure you secure the conference price.

Reserve a room at the Hyatt Monterey Regency Starship Congress 2017 Block.

If you have any special accessiblity requirements please contact us at You may also contact the hotel directly at the address below and ask to speak with Megan or Nicole.


One Old Golf Course Rd, Monterey, CA 93940, USA
T +1.831.657.6541  E


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At Starship Congress we put the utmost emphasis on bringing people together in discussion on actions, research and initatives towards interstellar achievements. We commit to a Single-Track meeting, with consideration to people with accessibility and hearing disabilities.

We want you to enjoy your time and be sharp, sociable and well rested so we built in numerous breaks and "shake-it-off" events for conversations.

The outcome of this meeting will set the research priorities of our organization and will define our messaging for the next two years. We invite everyone to be a part of this process, because we understand that this is a Mission for all Humankind.

Thank you and see you in California!


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