Dr. Armen Papazian Wins the First Alpha Centauri Prize

posted by admin on August 20, 2013

Financial Economist Dr. Armen Papazian is the winner of the first Alpha Centauri Prize awarded in Dallas this past Sunday. The Alpha Centauri Prize is an Institute for Interstellar Studies initiative, funded with a $500 pledge from Icarus Interstellar.

Dr. Richard Obousy, President of Icarus Interstellar said:

“I’ve been very interested in Dr. Armen Papazian’s work for some time now and was very happy when he submitted a paper to Starship Congress. I was blown away by the delivery of his presentation which was both passionate and visionary. When I heard that the Alpha Centauri Prize judges overwhelmingly supported his paper for the award, and that he was the winner of the Alpha Centauri Prize I was thrilled. Congratulations Armen! Very well deserved.”

Kelvin F.Long, Executive Director, Institute for Interstellar Studies said: “I am very pleased with the outcome of this Alpha Centauri Prize “Progenitor” award and the economist Dr Armen Papazian was a worthy winner, giving an inspirational and innovative presentation. This is the first of many awards we at the institute will be announcing over the next year. I would like to thank Icarus Interstellar for sponsoring the first of these awards on this occasion”.


You can enjoy watching Dr. Papazian’s full award winning presentation right here!


Congratulations Dr. Papazian!






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5 Responses to Dr. Armen Papazian Wins the First Alpha Centauri Prize

  1. John Pattullo says:

    Interesting concept. I don’t have much of an understanding of economics but I’m all for giving NASA a nice budget increase, but I think he will need to find a different audience if its going to work.

    Side note – will some of the other speakers get indivual videos? I missed quite a bit from the live streams and sure many others did too.

  2. Damien Hartmann says:

    I am 100% behind chanelling more money to NASA and space exploration in general.
    However, QE is about not only printing money for the banks, but also to purchase treasury bonds (money which goes directly from the Fed to the Federal Government). What keeps the US Government from using the funds received by T-Bonds sold to the Fed solely for NASA funding?
    In one word : Democracy.
    US Citizens priorities are definitely NOT space exploration, they are employment, social security, security, and so on. And the US government makes its budgetary choices based on this.
    Of course, money poured into NASA will translate into jobs here on Earth, but it has to be advocated to US citizens, who vote for the government that chooses to which usage the funds at its disposal are put.

    My opinion is that we have to advocate the benefits of turning humanity’s resources toward space exploration to the wider public, not finding new financial tools to generate more money.

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  4. Carol La Valey says:

    You can’t just watch this video speech without doing more research on your own.Read Dr. Papzian’s paper: Page 12 of this document http://www.keipr.com/sitebuildercontent/sitebuilderfiles/aptcsaskispapazianfinal1111.pdf and then keep researching and decide if his propoal would or wold not work. It think it might, but I suspect existing power structures are not likely to allow implementation.

  5. Joshua Burton says:

    Congratulations again Dr. Papazian!

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