These are items of interest to the interstellar exploration community that we’ve found in our quest for information that will help us advance toward our goals.  If you know of anything we’ve overlooked, or any sources of such information we should monitor, or if you would like to be added to our TVIW-updates mailing list and receive these updates in you email every weekday, please send that information to info@tviw.us.

 

June 12, 2018 updates

Can Machines Design? An Artificial General Intelligence Approach
https://arxiv.org/abs/1806.02091

A 2 Earth Radius Planet Orbiting the Bright Nearby K-Dwarf Wolf 503
https://arxiv.org/abs/1806.03494

Transit timing analysis of the exoplanet TrES-5 b. Possible existence of the exoplanet TrES-5 c
https://arxiv.org/abs/1806.03503

Computing the minimal crew for a multi-generational space travel towards Proxima Centauri b
https://arxiv.org/abs/1806.03856

Supervised Machine Learning for Analysing Spectra of Exoplanetary Atmospheres
https://arxiv.org/abs/1806.03944

EPIC 201498078b: A low density Super Neptune on an eccentric orbit
https://arxiv.org/abs/1806.04073

Kepler-503b: An Object at the Hydrogen Burning Mass Limit Orbiting a Subgiant Star
https://arxiv.org/abs/1805.08820

June 11, 2018 updates

Spacecraft landing and site-to-site transpsort for a planet, moon or other space body
https://patents.google.com/patent/US20180134417A1/en

ExoGAN: Retrieving Exoplanetary Atmospheres Using Deep Convolutional Generative Adversarial Networks
https://arxiv.org/abs/1806.02906

A TESS Dress Rehearsal: Planetary Candidates and Variables from K2 Campaign 17
https://arxiv.org/abs/1806.03127

The First Naked-Eye Superflare Detected from Proxima Centauri
https://arxiv.org/abs/1804.02001

June 8, 2018 updates

OHB System to sign PLATO construction contract in June
http://spacenews.com/ohb-system-to-sign-plato-construction-contract-in-june/

Relativistic solar sails
http://iopscience.iop.org/article/10.1088/1361-6404/aaa341

A High-performance Atmospheric Radiation Package: with applications to the radiative energy budgets of giant planets
https://arxiv.org/abs/1806.02573

Modeling Indications of Technology in Planetary Transit Light Curves — Dark-side illumination
https://arxiv.org/abs/1505.07399

Similarity indexing of exoplanets in search for potential habitability: application to Mars-like worlds
https://arxiv.org/abs/1608.06702

Internal Structure of Giant and Icy Planets: Importance of Heavy Elements and Mixing
https://arxiv.org/abs/1705.09320

Earth Similarity Index and Habitability Studies of Exoplanets
https://arxiv.org/abs/1801.07101

June 7, 2018 updates

Spitzer Space Telescope: Innovations and Optimizations in the Extended Mission Era
https://arc.aiaa.org/doi/pdf/10.2514/6.2018-2350

Simulating Transits of Large Objects at the L1 Lagrange Point for the 2018 Feature Film Clara
http://iopscience.iop.org/article/10.3847/2515-5172/aaa4be

Magnetised winds and their influence in the escaping upper atmosphere of HD 209458b
https://arxiv.org/abs/1806.02259

SBAF: A New Activation Function for Artificial Neural Net based Habitability Classification
https://arxiv.org/abs/1806.01844

June 6, 2018 updates

Unbiased Inference of the Masses of Transiting Planets from Radial Velocity Follow-up
http://iopscience.iop.org/article/10.3847/2515-5172/aac2c1

Exocomet Orbit Fitting: Accelerating Coma Absorption During Transits of β Pictoris
https://arxiv.org/abs/1806.01284

Scattering of exocomets by a planet chain: exozodi levels and the delivery of cometary material to inner planets
https://arxiv.org/abs/1806.01289

Suppression of atmospheric recycling of planets embedded in a protoplanetary disc by buoyancy barrier
https://arxiv.org/abs/1806.01695

Fine-resolution analysis of exoplanetary distributions by wavelets: hints of an overshooting iceline accumulation
https://arxiv.org/abs/1712.06374

WASP-104b is Darker than Charcoal
https://arxiv.org/abs/1804.05334

The Gaia-ESO Survey: properties of newly discovered Li-rich giants
https://arxiv.org/abs/1805.07077