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March/April 2017 Issue

Welcome to the Federation!


The Federation is a non-profit organization co-founded in 1984 by Russ Haslage & Gene Rodenberry and is the official Gene Roddenberry fan organization.
You can read the full article here: http://trekfederation.com/the-roddenberry-prize-winners/

The Roddenberry Prize Winners

Fifty years ago, Star Trek creator Gene Roddenberry envisioned a boldly better future, full of optimism, driven by exploration and strengthened by diversity. Yet urgent challenges today threaten humanity and the infinite possibilities of tomorrow.  The Foundation seek bold solutions that are on the cusp of achieving scale. Solutions may cover a range of topics and disciplines. A panel of judges and the prize administrator, who assessed the overall quality of the entries, reviewed applications. Entries were evaluated along three criteria: their potential for transformative and lasting impact, demonstration of a feasible and achievable path to implementation, and the boldness of their vision to benefit our shared future.

The 5 winners have been announced.  To see the winners and more about the Foundation click here: https://roddenberryprize.org/winners/

Click on the logo to Join the Federation (IFT)!
 
The Federation has forged new trails in fandom, going where no fan organization has gone before.  We have accomplished so much and has blazed such new ground that Paramount officials told us in 1990 that IFT has formed its own niche in the STAR TREK Universe. 

At long last, DST adds a new item to their Star Trek role-play series!

From the company that gave you screen-accurate phasers, communicators and tricorders comes the Klingon empire’s most popular accessory: the disruptor! This legendary weapon comes with electronic lights and sounds, for the complete role-play experience.

 

STAR TREK: DISCOVERY Update
 

Latest news on Star Trek: Discovery is that the captain has been named.  Jason Isaacs, who will play the USS Discovery’s Captain Lorca, is best known as playing Lucius Malfoy in the Harry Potter series.

This is a bright spot in the news surrounding the new Trek series which was supposed to debut this spring, but is now delayed until late summer or Fall. There are reported to be several production issues along with a lot of questions about how the show looks.  There are concerns by fans over the look of the Discovery (which appears to be modeled more after a Klingon ship than a classic Federation one) and the fact that Spock’s father, Sarek, is set to be on the show even though traditioaln Star Trek cannon is that he never served in Starfleet or aboard a vessel.  Only time will tell how these issues resole and how the show will be received.

Fleet News
Federation HAM Radio Network

Fleet Admiral Russ Haslage is looking for someone in the Fleet who might want to head up the Federation HAM Radio Network.  Russ will be studying for his license to be the Northern Ohio station for the network. If interested in the Federation HAM Radio Network, email Russ at iftcdr@trekfederation.com.

A Plan for SETI

Article by Earthman

The concept of planetary arrays, the artificial packing of orbits with multiple large bodies within the habitable zone of a single star to maximize the available living space of a star system, first emerged in my thoughts while I was working on an article for Extraterrestrial Revolutions #1, an astronomy zine of mine, regarding the possible arrangements of moons and moonlets, moons of moons.It struck me that completing a hexagonal array in a single orbit with alternating larger and smaller bodies of an appropriate mass ratio would create three interleaved trojan arrays in the space of two. Further, I realized, if each of the six equidistant positions, each the same distance from its next in orbit as from the central star, contained two co-orbiting major bodies, akin to Earth and Moon or Pluto and Charon, then twelve major habitable worlds could be arrayed in a single orbit. The distance between partner worlds in the same hexagonal vertex is negligible compared to the distance between vertices.

I have been familiar with the concept of a Dyson sphere for a long time, however, the common solid shell model (see TNG’s “Relics”) initially seemed wonderful, but then I realized it would be terribly wasteful. The amount of material it would take to build a structure designed this way to utilize the entire energy output of a single star would require the available mass of an absurd amount of star systems. An alien culture technologically advanced enough to attempt such a feat would need to sacrifice a significant portion of local space to centralize it all this way. This leads me to think that the amount of energy it would take to construct such a thing would be prohibitive, beyond the waste of thousands upon thousands of worlds closer to habitability as is than after being processed for construction, before construction.

Read the full article here: http://trekfederation.com/9748-2/

Space & Science News

How Do Planet's Form?

Scientists may have solved a long standing question on how planets form.  The question has been how does a pebble turn into a planet with so many collisions that could break it apart?  The answer is “dust traps” where higher pressure is found that may hold everything together.  Scientists have found that these may be much more common than once thought.

Watch the video here: http://www.msn.com/en-us/video/wonder/astronomers-just-solved-a-long-standing-mystery-of-how-planets-form/vi-AAnGEjk?ocid=SK2KDHP

Addition of Two New Letters to Genetic Code

All of life, as we know it, is created from the same four letters: A, T, G, and C in the amino acids that make up DNA. These four letters are arranged in different sequences to for all the diversity of life as we know it on planet Earth.  But what would happen if we could add two more letters to the mix? Imagine adding two new letters to a language that only has four letters: The possibilities are immense.  That’s what biologist Floyd Romesberg at the Scripps Research Institute hoped to accomplish.  Using bioengineering, he and his team has created new and thriving semisynthetic organisms with DNA consisting of letters A, T, G, and C plus new ones: X and Y.

To read the full article: https://qz.com/899139/scientists-have-added-two-new-letters-to-lifes-genetic-code-paving-the-way-for-completely-new-life-forms/

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We need writers and other contributors who would like to help out with future issues of our newsletter. Any articles on Star Trek, Space, or our Fleet would be great.  If interested or with ideas write to the Federation Communications Team (voyages@trekfederation.com)
New Discoveries!
We are starting a new Federation Zine, called New Discoveries that will feature artwork, fan fiction, member information, etc..  If interested in contributing, being part of the staff,  or have ideas write to Captain Mark Williams (voyages@trekfederation.com).
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