EVE Online

Leading Scientists take a look into making EVE Real, something that could be closer than you think.

CCP Games is deciding to go big this year at EVE Fanfest(April 25-27), they’re calling it the biggest one yet. And with EVE Online turning 10 years old we would expect no less. But what we didn’t expect is for CCP to go even further and get real, and leading, scientists involved in this year’s sold out fanfest.

CCP has invited three leading scientists to host a panel at this years fanfest discussing and sharing their visions of how parts of EVE, what we see as science fiction, could actually become a reality. And sooner than you think. 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 hosting this panel titled “Make EVE Real“.

Make EVE Real” will be broken up into three separate and distinct topics; space elevators, bringing ftl to irl, and asteroid mining. And while EVE Fanfest has sold out, CCP is offering everyone the chance to be there, if not in person, by streaming fanfest live on for free (in standard definition). Those who want to see all fanfest has to offer in HD format can purchase the high definition stream for $19.95USD or via PLEX. But keep in mind; while the HD stream can be purchsed via both CCP and Twitch, only those who purchase the stream through CCP’s EVE Online account management system at will receive the in-game promo items.

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.

After 10 long years EvE Online is still going strong and still growing, and CCP is shooting for at least 10 more! This fanfest will be celebrating the 10th year anniversary of EVE Online and focusing on the next decade, and how to make it grow even more. While I did not get the chance to buy tickets to fanfest this year myself, I will be on stream every day of fanfest bringing you the latest news and updates.

Fly Safe.