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SE Architecture Note #1 Summary:
The Space Elevator Enterprise will be based on a Modular Construction, Modular Growth and Modular Operating Standard

Building the Space Elevator -- Modular Construction
Growing the Space Elevator -- Modular Growth
Operating the Space Elevator -- Modular Operations
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SE Architecture Note #2 Summary:
When it achieves IOC, the Space Elevator transportation system will encounter robust & diverse on-orbit business activity.

Future Business in Space -- Now
Future Business in Space – Some future visions, as seen now.
The business offerings of the Space Elevator
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SE Architecture Note #3 Summary:
We need a Business Capture Plan and a working group that engages with on-orbit business activities; joining in, if and when we can.

Space Elevator as a business – We aren’t trying to be one, yet
Space Elevator business enterprise – As we see it now
Space Elevator business enterprise planning – the timing of this
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SE Architecture Note #4 Summary:
We need a Baseline. The Baseline of the Space Elevator is still changing and that is a good thing; but only for now.

Space Elevator baseline – We don’t have one and we might need two:
Space Elevator Transportation system – Baseline #1
Space Elevator Business Enterprise – Baseline #2
Space Elevator Business Enterprise – Baseline relationships
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SE Architecture Note #5 Summary:
The emergence of The Galactic Harbour Vision

ISEC sees a great Space Elevator Transportation system that opens Space; in the same way the railroad opened up the American west.  It is a marvel of Kepler’s physics; and a marvel of humankind. We see the Galactic Harbour importing the needed (Power and unique minerals); exporting the noxious (Nuclear waste and Space debris); and supporting interplanetary exploration.
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SE Architecture Note #6 Summary:
The Space Elevator “Sequences” --- A discussion of ISEC’s basic technology and engineering development approach.

First, start the design process for the Space Elevator Transportation system
Sequences #1 – Pathfinder experiments
Sequences #2 – Seed Tether / Seed Events
Sequences have sequences
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SE Architecture Note #7 Summary:
The discussion about the “Sequences” program continues. The need for an extensive on-orbit testing program emerges.

Sequences #3 – Single String Testing
Sequences #4 – Operational Testing
Sequences #5 – Limited Operational Capability
Repetition is not a bad thing - Repetition is not a bad thing
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SE Architecture Note #8 Summary:
The culminating steps in the “Sequences” program are discussed

Sequences #6 – Initial Operational Capability (IOC)
Sequences #7 – Capability On Ramps
Sequences #8 – Full Operational Capability (FOC)
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SE Architecture Note #9 Summary:
The Strategy to build the Space Elevator

This Note introduces ISEC’s “Strategic Approach” for the development of the Space Elevator. It is a discussion of how to turn a long-term vision into a long-term “plan”.
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SE Architecture Note #10 Summary:
Our Long-Term (30+ year) Planning Horizon may be the hurdle to possible venture funding from industry

This note discusses how we can seek support from industry funding sources. These sources provide funding grants for development of new technologies and new concepts. ISEC must convince them that our approaches will provide predictable return on their investments.   
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SE Architecture Note #11 Summary:
We have a Planning Horizon reaching out to 30 years into the future. That is different than having a plan for the next 30 years.

The key word is horizon. Not “over the horizon” like a fancy radar or a battlefield cavalry scout. Not “short of the horizon”, like something that is well within our view. ISEC expects our Space Elevator to be valuable for a while after IOC; out to the horizon   
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SE Architecture Note #12 Summary:
The 2017 Space Elevator Conference is Highlighted by Progress

The International Space Elevator Consortium met in Seattle for its 2017 Conference. Boeing’s Museum of Flight sets the right tone for our musings; and, we all had a great time.
ISEC and Conference attendees embraced a new vision of its Space Elevator; the Galactic Harbour. It will be a transportation force in the future, an enabler of robust space-based enterprise, and the initial infrastructure of the 3rd dimension of Earth’s transportation and logistics system.
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SE Architecture Note #13 Summary:
Communications within the Galactic Harbour

This Note discusses how can we manage all these space objects with the entirety of the Galactic Harbour. Safety and efficiency calls for communications with all the objects in our inventory, keeping all of them under positive control; even though the objects are spread over a few zillion cubic kilometers of the great unknown.
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Galactic Harbor graphic with Earth

Galactic Harbor graphic with Earth