Cafe Scientifique Orlando is a gathering of scientifically-inclined people in Central Florida, who meet at a cafe, coffee house, pub, or nonacademic location to discuss events and ideas in the world of science. We enjoy beer and wine, and we use plain language to talk about extraordinary ideas.

Practical Starship Engineering

Presenter: 
Handberg, Roger
When: 
Wednesday, 7 December 2011 - 7:00pm - 8:30pm
Venue: 
Taste
Where: 
Taste
Street:
717 W. Smith Street
City:
Orlando
,
Province:
Florida
Postal Code:
32804
Country:
United States

Traveling to the next starsystem is an enormous undertaking. The social and engineering problems that are still unsolved stretch credulity and imagination.

DARPA seeded a study, “100 Year Starship”, of how to make long-distance space travel feasible. A serious attempt at having thinkers solve an actual journey’s problems will have unimaginable benefits as side-effects. More interestingly, an analysis of the effort could help discover how organizations can adapt to change and still maintain focus and momentum for many generations, which both is useful in-flight, and in solving big problems on politically-fickle Earth.

Our speaker, Dr. Handberg, a speaker and attendee of the October 2011, “100 Year Starship” conference will summarize the event and give his estimation of the problems he finds interesting.

Dr. Roger Handberg, professor and chair of the Political Science Department, specializes in space policy, national security policy, and judicial politics. He also teaches courses dealing with government policies in science and technology, economic and business policy, and American security policy, particularly military space policy and ballistic missile defense.

Handberg has worked at UCF since 1972. He has published nine books and more than 156 articles and book chapters plus presented over 125 papers. His recent books include “Chinese Space Policy: A Study in Domestic and International Politics”, “International Space Commerce: Building from Scratch” and “Reinventing NASA and the Quest for Outer Space.”

Future Café Scientifique Events

Our next scheduled topic is…

Cloud Computing

When: 
Tuesday, 13 May 2014 - 6:30pm - 8:00pm
Venue: 
downtown library
Where: 
Orlando Public Library
Street:
101 E Central Blvd
City:
Orlando
,
Province:
Florida
Postal Code:
32801
Country:
United States

Join post-graduate researcher Amit Kumar for an exciting discussion on cloud computing and supercomputing based on his research experience. Dr. Kumar is currently a Research Associate in Advanced Materials Processing and Analysis Center, Materials Science and Engineering Department at the University of Central Florida.

Past Café Scientifique Events

Nanoscience 8 April, 2014 - 18:30 downtown library
Fire Ants 11 March, 2014 - 18:30 downtown library
Food Preservation 5 March, 2014 - 19:00 Eden Bar at...
Marine Mammals 11 February, 2014 - 18:30 downtown library
Bees 14 January, 2014 - 18:30 downtown library
Frankenfood 10 December, 2013 - 18:30 downtown library
Global Elemental Cycles 4 December, 2013 - 19:00 Downtown Credo
Weather 12 November, 2013 - 18:00 downtown library
Medical Geography 6 November, 2013 - 19:00 Taste
3D Printing 8 October, 2013 - 18:00 downtown library
Brain on a Chip 2 October, 2013 - 19:00 Taste
Search for Extraterrestrial Life 10 September, 2013 - 18:00 downtown library

Topics We'd Love to See

What are some topics you’d like to have? Tell us in your comments below. See our full schedule to know what we’ve had and plan to have, before adding something new.

Additionally, if you are a scientific expert interested in presenting a topic, please email us.

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