Impressions of the 6th Interstellar Symposium

We want to know about your experience with the 6th Interstellar Symposium and Advanced Propulsion Workshop that TVIW and NASA held in Wichita, KS, November 10-15, 2019. Please tell us what you liked, and what we need to improve. The four categories below are Presenters, those who gave talks at the symposium, Attendees, those who were in physical attendance in Wichita, Viewers, those who watched at least a portion of the symposium over the livestream we provided, and Others, those who were not able to attend but who would still like to provide their thoughts. Select the category that applies to you and let us know what you think!

3.6 out of 5 stars (based on 22 reviews)
Very good5%

(To see the ratings by each of the above categories, go here.)

Wichita TVIW

November 26, 2019

I was pleased by the smooth running of the symposium. It looked like the organizers tried to do all they could to make sure the event was informative, well rounded, and fun.

Martha E Knowles

Interstellar Symposium TVIW 6th Workshop

November 22, 2019

Excellent symposium, inspiring; well organized, sized and sited;

* A well-informed guide / docent at the Cosmosphere could have made the visit Much more interesting, and inspiring;: Perhaps Tucson can be more appreciated this way;

* Astrophysics is an important dimension for Interstellar Research and Development, and would enrich all kinds of Interstellar matters

* Increasing collaboration with the IAF International Astronautical Federation could be very mutually beneficial

Steve Durst

Response from Interstellar Research Group

Mr. Durst replied in email that he had wanted to give a rating of 4 or 5 (ideally, 4.5) but unintentionally set the review to 2 when submitting it. We can’t edit the rating (if we could, the rating system would be meaningless), but we thought we should mention this.

Great conference

November 21, 2019

I was amazed by the selection of topics and participants. The meeting definitely stimulates to think about future in all of its aspects.


Ad Astra Cum Amicis

November 21, 2019

I liked the technical depth of this TVIW very much.

When I got interested in interstellar flight , back in the 1950s, I never saw a technical paper in the journals.

Later only a few papers were given at the International Astronautical Congress and almost none at the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics meetings.

Now , there has been TVIW since 2011 , times have changed.

Al Jackson

Fascinated by Topics Presented and Excited for the Next Symposium

November 21, 2019

I have never been to any conventions or symposia before, but I’m afraid that TVIW may have set the bar high for the next convention I attend. The presentations were thoughtful, innovative, and very grounded. I enjoyed the span of topics from interesting but distant, to present and important. Very few topics were beyond the scope of the near future, and those that looked further ahead were very good at describing what pieces were simply problems of engineering or scale, and which problems were problems of a technology not yet existing. From the first contact protocol meeting to the problems with microorganisms on the ISS and the possibility of terraforming Venus the topics captured the imagination while remaining within the realm of possibility.

I look forward to the next TVIW in 2021.

Jonathan Folkerts

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