The Institute for Interstellar Studies currently has working relationships with several other organisations, partners with which we share mutual goals, missions, initiatives or projects and where working together cooperatively and in a positive spirit enhances the capabilities of each other.
The British Interplanetary Society
The British Interplanetary Society (BIS) is Britain’s leading think tank on space development. Founded in 1933, it is the world’s longest established organization devoted solely to supporting and promoting the exploration of space and astronautics. The BIS is financially independent, has charitable status, and obtains its main income from a worldwide membership.
The British Interplanetary Society is devoted to initiating, promoting and disseminating new concepts and technical information about space flight and astronautics through meetings, symposia, publications, visits and exhibitions.
The International Space University
The International Space University develops the future leaders of the world space community by providing interdisciplinary educational programs to students and space professionals in an international, intercultural environment.
ISU also serves as a neutral international forum for the exchange of knowledge and ideas on challenging issues related to space and space applications.
ISU programs impart critical skills essential to future space initiatives in the public and private sectors while they: • inspire enthusiasm • promote international understanding and cooperation • foster an interactive global network of students, teachers and alumni • encourage the innovative development of space for peaceful purposes • to improve life on Earth and advance humanity into space.
Explore Mars was created to advance the goal of sending humans to Mars within the next two decades. To further that goal, Explore Mars conducts programs and technical challenges to stimulate the development and/or improvement of technologies that will make human Mars missions more efficient and feasible. In addition, to embed the idea of Mars as a habitable planet, Explore Mars challenges educators to use Mars in the classroom as a tool to teach standard STEM curricula.
Explore Mars’ mission is to make humans a multi-planet species.
Stellar Engines Ltd
Stellar Engines Ltd are a small company that specialises in research relating to astronautics and the exploration of space. Founded in May 2012, Stellar Engines aims to serve the needs of a growing aerospace industry by providing mature guidance on technical programmes or direct input into science based projects.
The mission of Stellar Engines is: “To undertake physics, astronautics, aerospace engineering and propulsion specific projects in relation to the exploration of space or near Earth environment.”
Their motto is: “Fostering visionary progress in spaceflight through technological innovation, creative opportunities and scientific excellence.”
International Association of Astronomical Artists (IAAA)
The IAAA was founded in 1982 by a small group of artists who journeyed through the fascinating but seldom trod territory where science and art overlap. The object of the IAAA, as a non-profit foundation, is to implement and participate in astronomical and space art projects, to promote education about astronomical art and to foster international cooperation in artistic work inspired by the exploration of the Universe.
Since its founding, the IAAA has grown to number over 130 members, representing twenty countries. Their work has also grown, to incorporate a number of styles and viewpoints. At times the art may step outside the bounds of scientific rendering, to address the broader implications that space poses for humanity. However, no matter which form of expression the artist chooses to take, the common inspirations held by all are astronomy and space exploration.