Tony Milligan

New Directions in Space Colonization.

Tony Milligan

A workshop hosted by the School of Humanities, University of Hertfordshire [1]. Organized as part of the British Interplanetary Society’s [2] ongoing Space Colonies Project [3].

University of Hertfordshire

Saturday 11th April

De Havilland Campus, Room R010, 10:00-16:00.

The purpose of this event is to explore the viability of space colonization in the light of emerging technologies, the existing legal framework and new ethical debates.

Welcoming Remark by Space Colonies Project [3]: “Project SPACE re-examines the Space Colonies studies led by Gerard O’Neill in the 1970s, investigating how the advancements since then in materials, technology and other areas could lead to improvements in the colonies’ design and construction. To report on this study, including the effects on life on Earth, and other aspects, which could include solar power satellites.
Apart from providing a safety net in the event of catastrophe striking the Earth – be it man- made (which appeared a possibility at the time) or through other means – it was shown that building the colonies could bring enormous benefits to those remaining on Earth. In fact O’Neill showed that most of the major problems facing the Earth – which are still with us today – could be addressed by these vast construction projects in space”.


10:00 -10:15
Introduction to the day: ‘The Space Colonies Project’
Jerry Stone [4] (President, Mars Society UK [5])

10:15 – 11:00
‘The Extraction and Processing of Lunar Resources’
Mike Leggett [6] (The British Interplanetary Society)

11:00 – 11:15 BREAK

11:15 – 12:00
‘Legal Issues of Space Settlement’
Adam Manning [7] (The British Interplanetary Society)

12:00 – 13:30: LUNCH

13:30 – 14:15
‘Anhydrous Glass Radiation Shields for Spacecraft and Orbital Habitats’
Richard J Soilleux (The British Interplanetary Society)

Directions: There is more than one university campus in Hatfield. Go to the De Havilland Campus. (This is near to The Galleria/Comet Way, which is well signposted throughout Hatfield.) Regular campus parking restrictions do not apply on Saturdays. Head to the main building. Directions will be posted from there to the venue, Room R010. The room is on the ground floor for ease of access. If in doubt, phone Tony on 07966 478287. This number will be active on the day.

For Further Information: contact Tony Milligan,


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