The winner of the first I4IS Alpha Centauri Prize, sponsored by Icarus Interstellar and awarded at the Starship Congress in Dallas, has been announced as Dr Armen Papazian of the International Space Development HUB for his talk ‘Money Mechanics for Space.’ Dr Papazian’s presentation was deemed by the judges Dr Rachel Armstrong, Mr Paul Gilster of Centauri Dreams and Dr Ian O’Neill, to demonstrate the greatest potential amongst all the presentations given at the Congress for influencing the direction of research into interstellar flight, either technologically, culturally or economically.
Dr Armen Papazian is awarded with the Alpha Centauri Prize.
Dr Papazian was presented with the Alpha Centauri Progenitor Award – a $500 cheque donated by Icarus Interstellar – for his efforts by I4IS Director Andreas Hein.
The Alpha Centauri Prize was founded by I4IS Executive Director Kelvin F Long. “I am very happy to see economics being recognised as one of the important drivers for interstellar flight, the others being political and discovery based,” says Long. “Armen gave a passionate presentation and it was well deserved. We hope the Institute for Interstellar Studies will continue to recognise personal efforts to make change and I would like to thank Icarus ...