CCP Games today revealed the line-up of speakers that will be a part of the "Make EVE Real" track at its (sold-out) annual fan celebration EVE Fanfest from April 25-27. Dr. Richard Obousy (President and Co-Founder of Icarus Interstellar) and Chris Lewicki (President of Planetary Resources) will join Michael Laine (President of LiftPort Group) in sharing their thoughts on how current science fiction may soon become a reality.
The sessions include a discussion on "Faster Than Light" space engine technology, a talk about Space Elevators, and another talk about mining asteroids. All of these topics of interest to EVE Online players, who know a thing or two about mining asteroids and traveling at the speed of light....
The sessions taking place at this year’s Fanfest are:
Title: Space Elevators - Past, Present and Future
Speaker: Michael Laine, President, LiftPort Group
Summary: Take a look at the early concepts behind the Space Elevator, its history and evolution, its current status and where humanity goes from here! This multimedia conversation (it's not a lecture!) will examine social, political, technological and military implications of building "the biggest thing, ever." Both Lunar (gravity-based) and Earth (spin-based) Space Elevators will be discussed.
Title: Bringing FTL to IRL - The Quest for Warp Speed
Speaker: Dr. Richard Obousy, President and Co-Founder, Icarus Interstellar
Summary: The thought of traveling to distant star systems has captured humankind's imagination for a millennium... so what is being done to get us there? This lively discussion will delve into the challenges associated with FTL propulsion and tantalizing possibilities raised by the latest research in theoretical physics.
Title: Asteroid Mining: Our Search for Riches Enters the Final Frontier
Speaker: Chris Lewicki, President, Planetary Resources
Summary: First it was the gold rush, then we began hunting for oil and soon, we'll begin trekking across the solar system in search of new and rare resources. In this session, the Flight Director for NASA's Mars rovers "Spirit" and "Opportunity" will show us how plotting our resource expansion by rocketing across The Milky Way to mine asteroids is just around the corner. This engaging presentation will discuss the near-future of space exploration and asteroid prospecting.
For those unable to attend this year's event, CCP will be live streaming EVE Fanfest and all of the “Make EVE Real” sessions in standard definition for free on their Twitch.TV channel and in HD for a one-time fee of $19.95 USD or one PLEX (which can be obtained on the EVE Online in-game market).
The EVE Fanfest high definition stream includes three full days of live programming from the event, access to the HD stream of a series of live pre-Fanfest interviews with CCP developers, a digital copy of the Fanfest “Quafe” Tshirt for EVE Online (which matches the shirt attendees receive), a choice of one (of five) pirate faction rookie ships for EVE Online (Angel Cartel Echo, Blood Raider Hematos, Dread Guristas Taipan, Sansha’s Nation Immolator or Serpentis Violator), and fifty copies of the Quafe Scout vk.0 dropsuit for DUST 514.
You can purchase the stream for the show here.