The BIS is the leading think tank and space oriented special interest group in the UK. It is also the oldest space oriented lobby group in the world, and since its founding in 1933, it has consistently campaigned for the advancement of space exploration and astronautics.
BIS’s Major Activities
The main thrust of the BIS’s activities revolve around “...initiating, promoting and disseminating new concepts and technical information about space flight and astronautics through meetings, symposia, publications, visits and exhibitions,” which it has been doing very well indeed. After the cessation of the Apollo program in the early 1970’s, the BIS took a leading role in exploring new thinking on the issues around a return to the Moon, and its possible eventual colonization. However, the BIS’s interest in the problems of, and requirements for interstellar space flight began in 1952, when the first advanced paper on the subject was published by the BIS.
In 1981, the BIS published the Daedalus Study,which was essentially a design for an interstellar space ship. The
Study was the foundation of many subsequent advanced papers on topics such as possible modes of communication with extraterrestrial intelligence's, and many related subjects and topics.