On Aug. 15, 2013, some of the most forward-thinking experts in interstellar science will accumulate in Dallas, Texas, for the world's first Starship Congress.
Headed by Icarus Interstellar, a non-profit group motivated to research new space technologies co-founded by regular Discovery News contributor and advanced propulsion expert Richard Obousy, the Congress will be a forum for "scientists, physicists, engineers, researchers, urban designers, representatives from international space programs and present-day commercial space operators, as well as popular and well-known interstellar speakers and space journalists" to "share their visions for how the future of spaceflight and exploration may unfold."
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But like any conference, funding is needed. So this weekend, Icarus Interstellar began a Kickstarter campaign to raise $10,000 for the Starship Congress. Should the campaign be fully funded (before the deadline of June 16), donors will receive a range of goodies from free Congress tickets to becoming an official sponsor for the event.