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Space Elevator Architectures and Roadmaps cover imageISEC 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:

  1. Dr. Edwards NAIC study, with refinements in his 2003 book
  2. The International Academy of Astronautics Study Report, 2013
  3. 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.

Announcer and Microphone graphicThe May, 2015 ISEC Space Elevator eNewsletter is now available here and, once again, it's jam-packed with news!

Among the articles is a reminder to register for the 2015 ISEC Space Elevator Conference (Early Bird rates still available!), updates from the ISEC History Committee and the ISEC Research Committee and an announcement about a 2-week bootcamp in Hungary with a space-elevator theme.

If you are not already on our mailing list, we urge you to sign up.  It's free and by doing so, you'll always be among the first to be "In The Know" about ISEC and its many activities.

Tickets for the upcoming Space Elevator Conference are now on sale! Prices have been reduced from previous years and are a better bargain than ever. "Early Bird" prices are available through the end of June after which registration fees will revert to the full price. The conference, to be held on August 23rd, 2013 through the 25th, will again be hosted at Seattle's Museum of Flight. Last year was our first at this new venue and it was truly outstanding. The seating arrangement (large, round tables) was much more conducive to conversation among the attendees and the 'backdrop' of the Museum of Flight has to be experienced to be believed.

So, don't wait - sign up now!

We have a very full schedule including several presentations and a few workshops. And, as an added bonus, Jerome Pearson, the American Engineer who independently invented the idea of a tensile-based space elevator, will be the Keynote speaker!. This year's version of CLIMB is the "Jerome Pearson" edition and if you bring your copy to the conference (or purchase a copy at the conference), I'm sure Jerome will be happy to autograph it for you.

See you there!

Person holding a megaphoneThe June, 2016 issue of the ISEC Space Elevator Newsletter is now available: June 2016 ISEC Space Elevator Newsletter

Please note that registration is still open for the 2016 ISEC Space Elevator Conference in August in Seattle, WA!

Also see the May 2016 ISEC Space Elevator Newsletter.



A world with inexpensive, safe, routine, and efficient access to space for the benefit of all mankind.




The International Space Elevator Consortium (ISEC) promotes the development, construction and operation of a Space Elevator (SE) Infrastructure as a revolutionary and efficient way to space for all humanity. ISEC is made up of individuals and organizations from all around the world who share a vision of mankind in space.

ISEC Goals


Provide technical leadership that promotes the development, construction, and operation of a space elevator infrastructure.


Become the “go to” organization for all things space elevator.


Energize and stimulate the space community to support a space elevator to commercialize space without depending on rockets.


Support educational gatherings, meetings, workshops, classes, and other similar events to carry out this mission.



ISEC Strategic Plan 2015-16




  • Organize and conduct the annual Space Elevator Conferences. The 2015 conference will include a poster [maintain donation levels, keep relationship with Seattle Museum of Flight and its tie to “children’s day,” keep exciting speakers coming, more papers need, continue at least two workshops per year, documentation is desired]
  • Produce the ISEC Journal, CLIMB, annually
  • Produce Via Ad Astra magazine annually
  • Sponsor and organize the Artsutanov and Pearson prize competitions
  • Produce the Annual ISEC Study report (2014 is Architectures and Roadmap, 2015 is Marine Node, 2016 tbd)
  • Increase our Professional & Student membership and go ‘outside the circle’ and recruit additional Corporate sponsorship
  • Strengthen Organization -- Need a way to judge progress
  • Maintain a Social Media presence
  • Enhance History Committee activities
  • Enhance Research Committee activities



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ISEC Study Reports

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CLIMB - The Space Elevator Journal

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2017 ISEC Space Elevator Conference, Seattle, WA, August 25-27, 2017 at the Museum of Flight.  Click 2017 ISEC Space Elevator Conference page for more info.

2017 British Interplanetary Society's Symposium on the Space Elevator, London, England, UK, November 7, 2017.  Click here for more info.




Space Elevator Research

There are many things happening in Space Elevator Research.

Click Space Elevator Research Main Page for more information.




ISEC Newsletters

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Space Elevator Architecture

ISEC Members have done a lot of research and investigation on the possible architecture of the Space Elevator.

Click Space Elevator Architecture Main Page for more info.




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