KELVIN F. LONG | THE STARSHIP MAN
Kelvin F.Long, The Starship Man, is a physicist, aerospace engineer, author and entrepreneur. He has worked in the aerospace sectors for around fifteen years and he specialises in the subject of interstellar flight, with an emphasis on advanced propulsion concepts. He is the Chief Editor of the Journal of the British Interplanetary Society, which is the oldest academic journal devoted to astronautics and space exploration in the world. He is also the founder and Managing Director of Stellar Engines Ltd, an aerospace consultancy company in the United Kingdom.
Kelvin is excited by the potential of deep space exploration and what we may find out there in the vast Cosmos. He is motivated by the search for extra-terrestrial intelligence but also sees human expansion into space as a necessary pathway for our continued cultural and economic growth. Since 2007 he has actively been working to emerge a new industry dedicated to the subject of interstellar flight. Starting with a review of warp drive faster than light concepts in 2007 and then advancing to originate and co-found a fusion powered starship study in 2009, Project Icarus, which is the successor to the 1970s Project Daedalus. He went on to become one of the co-founders of the US non-profit Icarus Interstellar where he served as one of its first Vice Presidents, and has recently co-founded the UK based Institute for Interstellar Studies, which is the world’s first dedicated educational, research and business enterprise initiative dedicated to deep space exploration.
He has also been a College teacher of engineering design, and University Lecturer of space science, and currently is a visiting lecturer to the International Space University in Strasbourg. He has published several books, including “Deep Space Propulsion: A Roadmap to Interstellar Flight”, published by Springer in 2011
He has over forty technical academic publications to his name on the subjects of spacecraft design, philosophical cosmology, warp drive, fusion propulsion, and computational modelling of high temperature gas dynamics. He has published many popular science articles. He has been quoted in the New York Times, The Times, New Scientist, Physics World, The Guardian, ciel et Espace to name a few. He has consulted and featured in several television documentaries, the most recent being a National Geographic production “Evacuate Earth”, which was produced by Atlas Media.
He takes inspiration from Science Fiction writers like Arthur C Clarke and works to create an optimistic vision for humans among the stars, by the facilitation and fostering of a self-fulfilling prophesy in space. He is particularly interested at the points of conflicting evidence in science and sees this as the location from which scientific breakthroughs are enabled. For this reason, he likes to explore the boundaries of what is considered impossible, and to extend our horizon of thought to a new reality yet to be conceived. He has given lectures all over the world, including to defence laboratories, various laboratories of NASA and many space and academic conferences. He is a Chartered member of the Institute of Physics.