ISEC is very proud to announce the release of the fourth edition of its yearly reports, this one focused on Space Elevator Architectures and Roadmaps. From the Preface:
"...This year, ISEC has chosen to challenge the many, diverse, space elevator concepts with a structured approach at architectural development leading to a series of technological roadmaps. Indeed, ISEC understands where the technologies are today and where we would like to be: Initial Operational Capability. However, the process between those time-oriented events must be clarified and illustrated. The goal of this study team is to develop a solid approach to take the space elevator community from today, to a recognized future destination..."
There have been many ideas proposed as to how an earth-based space elevator might be constructed and operated. This report looks at three different architectures which have been proposed for an earth-based space elevator, architectures which have been rigorously defined:
- Dr. Edwards NAIC study, with refinements in his 2003 book
- The International Academy of Astronautics Study Report, 2013
- The Obayashi Corporation concept at Heads of Space Agency Summit, Jan 2014
The fact that there are at least three competing proposals with so much work behind them shows how much interest and research is being done to "further our understanding of the space elevator".
If you would like to understand and compare & contrast these different architectures, and to see what the "state of the art" now has to say about this project, this is a must-read report.
Space Elevator Architectures and Roadmaps can be purchased from the ISEC store; the printed edition costs $9.50 (plus shipping and handling) while the electronic, pdf version of the report can be downloaded here: 2014 ISEC Space Elevator Architecture and Roadmap.