Space Technology and Applications International Forum

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Space Technology and Applications International Forum (STAIF) was an annual conference organized by the University of New Mexico Institute for Space and Nuclear Power Studies (UNM-ISNPS). From 1984[1] to 1994 the conference series was titled the Symposium on Space Nuclear Power Systems,[2] but the conference scope was broadened with the 12th symposium in 1995,[3] at which a number of new topics were added. The new name was adopted for the 1996 conference, with the individual symposia as subtopics within the broader conference umbrella. The conference series ended with the 2008[4] conference.

From 1984-1989 (2nd through 6th Symposia) the proceedings were published by Orbit Book Company;[2] from 1991 to 2008, the STAIF proceedings, edited by Mohamed S. El-Genk, were published in the American Institute of Physics Conference Proceedings series.

Following the end of the original STAIF conference series, a conference "STAIF II" was organized in 2012, co-sponsored by the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA)[5] also in Albuquerque. The STAIF-II conference has continued through 2017 as an annual event,[6] now sponsored by a dedicated non-profit organization,[7] with a stated objective to "sit on the boundary between established science and speculative science," with the proviso that "Speculation must be based upon fundamental scientific principles."[6]


  1. ^ M.S. El-Genk and M.D Hoover, Space Nuclear Power Systems 1984; Proceedings of the first symposium, Volumes 1 and 2, Albuquerque, NM, January 11–13, 1984. (Catalog page). Reprinted by Orbit Book Co., Inc; Melabar, FL (catalog page).
  2. ^ a b Symposium on Space Nuclear Power Systems. (Catalog listing, accessed 7 March 2018.)
  3. ^ Mohamed S. El-Genk, "Introduction", pp. iii-iv, AIP Conference Proceedings 324: 12th Symposium on Space Nuclear Power and Propulsion, Conference on Alternative Power from Space, Conference on Accelerator-Driven Transmutation Technologies and Applications (2 volumes), Albuquerque Hilton Hotel, Albuquerque, NM, January 8–12, 1995. (Catalog listing, accessed 7 March 2018.)
  4. ^ Mohamed S. El-Genk, ed., Space Technology and Applications International Forum, STAIF 2008, American Institute of Physics, Jan 31, 2008. ISBN 978-0735404861 and 0-7354-0486-0 (google books page, accessed 7 March 2018).
  5. ^ AIAA, Space Technology & Applications International Forum (STAIF II), 13–15 March 2012. Location: Albuquerque, New Mexico. Accessed 7 March 2018.
  6. ^ a b STAIF-II: The Space Technology and Applications International Forum web page. Accessed 7 March 2018.
  7. ^, "STAIF II: The Space Technology & Applications International Forum", Kurzweil Accelerating Intelligence newsletter. Accessed 9 March 2018.