The International Space Elevator Consortium (ISEC)

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.

Vision

 

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

 

Mission

 

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

 

Strategic

 

  • 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

 

 

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

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

Also see the April 2016 ISEC Space Elevator Newsletter

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

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

Also see the March 2016 ISEC Space Elevator Newsletter and the May 2016 ISEC Space Elevator Newsletter

Thank you for your interest in the 2012 ISEC Space Elevator Concept of Operations final report.

Space Elevator Concept of Operations report cover

Click 2012 ISEC Space Elevator Concept of Operations Final Report to download this report in .pdf format.

You can also download the 2013 ISEC Design Considerations for Space Elevator Tether Climbers in .pdf format.

 

 

ISEC Newsletter imageThe September ISEC Space Elevator eNewsletter has been issued and can be accessed September 2015 ISEC Space Elevator Newsletter.  It is a very full issue, containing the latest entries in The President's Corner, The Research Files, The Historical Files and Why Space Elevator columns as well as a summary of one of the mini-workshops held at the recent ISEC Space Elevator Conference.

And please note that you can access all of the ISEC Newsletters by pointing your mouse at the Resources tab on the Top menu and then scrolling down and clicking on the ISEC eNewsletters tab.

Also see the October 2015 ISEC Space Elevator Newsletter

Person holding a megaphoneThe March, 2016 issue of the ISEC Space Elevator Newsletter is now available - you can access it March 2016 ISEC Space Elevator Newsletter.

This is a very full issue - including information about the latest ISEC Space Elevator Report (Design Characteristics of a Space Elevator Earth Port) which has just been released, a notification that Registration is NOW OPEN for the 2016 ISEC Space Elevator Conference in August and much, much more!

Also see the January 2016 ISEC Space Elevator Newsletter and the April 2016 ISEC Space Elevator Newsletter

A new ISEC Report, Design Characteristics of a Space Elevator Earth Port, is now available in both print and electronic formats.  This report is the latest in a series of yearly ISEC publications - each one designed to explore a specific aspect of understanding, constructing and/or operating a space elevator.  This is the fifth report in this series.  Previous report topics included:

  • Space Debris Mitigation - Space Elevator Survivability
  • Concept of Operations
  • Design Considerations on Space Elevator Tether Climber
  • Space Elevator Architectures and Roadmaps

This current report, Design Characteristics of a Space Elevator Earth Port, "...provides the International Space Elevator Consortium’s (ISEC) view of the Earth Port (formerly known as the Marine Node) of a Space Elevator system. The Earth Port: Serves as a mechanical and dynamical termination of the space elevator tether; Serves as a port for receiving and sending Ocean Going Vessels (OGVs); Provides landing pads for helicopters from the OGVs; Serves as a facility for attaching and detaching payloads to and from tether climbers and attaching and detaching climbers to and from the tether; Provides tether climber power for the 40 km above the Floating Operations Platform (FOP); and, Provides food and accommodation for crew members as well as power, desalinization, waste management and other such support."

It is available in print format for $9.00 from the ISEC Store or in .pdf format: 2015 ISEC Space Elevator Earth Port.

Construction worker iconA new document has been posted on this website summarizing the major architectural designs of the space elevator which have been proposed over the years.  From the introduction:

Space Elevator Architectures have matured since their introduction in the last decade of the 19th century, shown in the 20th century with science fiction expanding many concepts, and finally with modern day designs during the first two decades of the 21st century...

Konstantin Tsiolkovsky, a Russian rocket scientist, pioneered astronautics’ theory in general and specifically conceptualized a building growing to GEO orbit, in 1895 [Tsiolkovski, 1959]. This particular concept focused on aspects of the Geosynchronous orbit. This led to a series of five space elevator architectures over the last 75 years. The first two were significant leaps in understanding, while the last three have lead to the current breadth of concepts:

  • In 1960, Yuri Artsutanov presented a real approach visualizing how it could be achieved – a big leap from Tsiolkovsky’s concept.
  • Then, in 1974, Jerome Pearson resolved many issues with engineering calculations of the required tether strengths and various approaches for deployment. This was, once again, a leap beyond Tsiolkovsky’s work and set the stage for the “modern design” for space elevators.
  • Dr. Edwards established the current baseline for designing space elevator infrastructures at the turn of the century with his book: “Space Elevators” [Edwards, 2002]. He established that the engineering could be accomplished in a reasonable time with reasonable resources. His baseline is solid; and, it was leveraged for the next two refinements of this transportation infrastructure concept.
  • The International Academy of Astronautics used Dr. Edwards’ design and the intervening ten years of excellent development work from around the globe. Forty-­‐one authors combined to improve the concept and establish new approaches, expanding the Edwards’ baseline.
  • The most recent version of space elevator architectures is the recently released view by the Obayashi Corporation. Their set of assumptions of the study established stricter requirements and resulted in a longer developmental period with increased payload capacity.

This document can be found Space Elevator Architectures Report.

Page from a dictionaryA new document has been posted to the ISEC website - the Space Elevator Lexicon.  From the document:

"Terminology is an important area that should be focused upon.  The following summary of a lexicon of space elevator terms should help all of us communicate via common usage.  Recently, the International Academy of Astronautics (IAA) and the ISEC have agreed to develop a common lexicon.  This ISEC presentation has three components to its proposed Lexicon.  The first is an image of a space elevator as seen in both the ISEC and the current IAA study.  The second is a table of those major terms.  The third is a preliminary list of additional terms that should be considered as part of the overall Space Elevator Lexicon.  Please provide your feedback with new terms or enhancements describing the space elevator infrastructure to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.."

This document can be found under the Resources Tab or you can click here.

Gold coins graphicThe ISEC Membership Drive has been extended through March 5th, 2016!  Until then, new members may join and current members can renew at a reduced rate!

Those who join or renew at the Professional level will only have to pay $58, a $10 discount from the normal $68 rate. Professional level members are entitled to receive the print version of any issue of CLIMB, the Space Elevator Journal, or Via Ad Astra, the Space Elevator Magazine or any ISEC Report.

Those who join or renew at the Student level will only have to pay $20, a $5 discount from the normal $25 rate. Student level members are entitled to receive the electronic version of any issue of CLIMB or Via Ad Astra or any ISEC Report.

So, take advantage of the reduced rates, visit the ISEC member join/renew page and join or renew your membership before prices go up!

Man making announcement graphicThe ISEC February, 2016 Space Elevator Newsletter is now available: February 2016 ISEC Space Elevator Newsletter.

"This is a very full issue, reflecting the fact that ISEC activity is beginning to uptick for the year.  Included are the official announcement for the 2016 ISEC Space Elevator Conference (including a Call for Papers), an announcement extending the ongoing Membership drive for one more week, the President's Corner discussing the terminology that is being more and more commonly used when discussing a space elevator and the latest Research column.

Also included is the first installment of the ISEC "Help Wanted" page - a place where you can learn specifically how you can help make a space elevator happen and a call for papers for upcoming issues of CLIMB and Via Ad Astra."

Happy Reading!

People on a globe graphicISEC is very pleased to announce the 2016 ISEC Space Elevator Conference, once again to be held at Seattle, Washington's Museum of Flight.  From the official announcement:

"The International Space Elevator Consortium presents the 2016 Space Elevator Conference to be held August 19th through August 21st, 2016 at the Museum of Flight, Seattle, Washington with the Family Science Fest on Saturday, August 20th. The theme of this year's conference is the "Apex Anchor, Geo Node, and Communication Architecture."

The three-day technical conference will engage an international audience of scientists, engineers, educators, managers, entrepreneurs, enthusiasts, and students in discussions of space elevator development including Technology, Business and Operations, Outreach, and Legal topics.  More details of this year's technical conference program will be posted on the conference website with registration opening March 2016. The Family Science Fest portion of the conference will be held Saturday, August 20th, 2016.

This event is in tandem with the technical conference and is included in the Museum of Flight admission price. The Family Science Fest includes a youth robotics competition, public Space Elevator 101 and 201 presentations, exhibits from universities, science organizations, and science clubs, and much more.  This is a great event for the whole family while you explore the Museum of Flight. Many thanks to our annual "GEO" level sponsors, the Museum of Flight and Microsoft Corporation, for their ongoing support for this conference."

Every year this conference gets bigger and better and this year will be no exception.  Registration will be open soon - be there or be square!

Gold coins graphicISEC is very pleased to announce its third annual membership drive to be held during the month of February, 2016.  During this month new members may join and current members can renew at a reduced rate!

Those who join or renew  at the Professional level will only have to pay $58, a $10 discount from the normal $68 rate. Professional level members are entitled to receive the print version of any issue of CLIMB, the Space Elevator Journal, or Via Ad Astra, the Space Elevator Magazine or any ISEC Report.

Those who join or renew at the Student level will only have to pay $20, a $5 discount from the normal $25 rate. Student level members are entitled to receive the electronic version of any issue of CLIMB or Via Ad Astra or any ISEC Report.

So, take advantage of the reduced rates, visit the ISEC member join/renew page and join or renew your membership in February!

People listening graphicThe ISEC Space Elevator January Newsletter is now available - you can access it here.

Lots of news this month:

"This edition reflects the very busy state of affairs at ISEC - lots going on!  First of all, we are happy to announce our 3rd annual MEMBERSHIP DRIVE!  For the month of February only, you can join or renew your membership in ISEC at a reduced price - details elsewhere in the Newsletter.

If you are wondering what the game of Golf and the Space Elevator have in common, this month's President's Corner will make it all clear.  This newsletter also features your monthly column from the Research Lab, the latest installment of Why Space Elevators and a new column devoted to familiarizing you with the ISEC Leadership team.

There is also a Call for Papers for the next editions of CLIMB, the Space Elevator Journal and Via Ad Astra, the Space Elevator Magazine.  Finally, we present the Press Release from the New Space organization, highlighting a special issue they are creating focusing on the Space Elevator."

Enjoy!

Newsstand graphicThe December, 2015 ISEC Space Elevator eNewsletter has been issued and can be accessed here.  From the eNewsletter introduction:

This month's President's Corner talks about why our President is so 'pumped' about space elevators, why you should be too and what you can do to help further this effort.

ISEC is also very pleased to announce the inaugural issue of Via Ad Astra (Road to the Stars), the Space Elevator magazine - a new publication which should appeal to anyone who is interested in science and new ideas.

This issue also contains information about "Sky Line", a new space elevator movie recently released as part of the DOCNYC (Documentary New York City) film festival.

Finally, this month's "Research Files" column discusses space debris and the space elevator (always a favorite topic of nay-sayers) and this month's "Historical Files" column discusses the IAC (International Astronautical Conference) and the prominent role that space elevators have played in it.

And please note that you can access all of the ISEC Space Elevator eNewsletters by pointing your mouse at the Resources tab on the Top menu and then scrolling down and clicking on the ISEC eNewsletters tab.

Enjoy!

Via AdAstra Cover pageVolume 1 / Number 1 of Via Ad Astra (Road to the Stars), the new Space Elevator Magazine from the International Space Elevator Consortium is now available!

This magazine contains an interview with Yuri Artsutanov (the Russian engineer credited with inventing the modern day concept of the space elevator), a reprint of an article by Jerome Pearson (the American engineer who independently proposed the modern day concept of the space elevator), articles on the Space Elevator Games, International Law & the Space Elevator and much, much more.

Print copies of this magazine are now available from the ISEC Store for only $11.99 as well as pdf versions, available for only $1.99.

Enjoy!

Message in a bottle graphicThe October ISEC Space Elevator eNewsletter has been issued and can be accessed here.  In this issue, The President's Corner quotes Albert Einstein while there is also a summary of one of the mini-workshops from the recent ISEC Space Elevator Conference, this one focused on the Marine Node (the name now being used for the Earth-port, or Earth station).  There is also the latest from The Research Files and a new "Why a Space Elevator " entry.

And please note that you can access all of the ISEC Space Elevator eNewsletters by pointing your mouse at the Resources tab on the Top menu and then scrolling down and clicking on the ISEC eNewsletters tab.

Enjoy!

The August 2015 ISEC Space Elevator eNewsletter has been released and it is chock-full of information about the recently completed (and very successful) 2015 ISEC Space Elevator Conference.

If you were unable to attend the conference, this newsletter will summarize and share the highlights with you.

You can also see some of the photos that were taken on our Flickr Page.

 

Space Elevator Exhibit picture

The July 2015 ISEC Space Elevator eNewsletter has been released.  It contains a reminder about the upcoming ISEC Space Elevator conference registration (which closes August 16th, 2015), the monthly Letters From The President and The Research Corner, information about a new interactive Boeing exhibit that prominently features a space elevator and much more.

Man speaking to 4 people graphicThe 'Early Bird' rates for the 2015 ISEC Space Elevator Conference end on Sunday, July 5th, 2015 at 12midnight, US Pacific Time.  After that, you can still register for the conference but the rates will increase to their full price.

It's going to be a great conference; a keynote speech on the state of the art of advanced materials, workshops, presentations, a Family Science Fest day and more.

A synopsis of the Keynote speech:

Advanced Materials are critical for the development of the Space Elevator. Most prominently,  the elevator cable will require a material with a much greater tensile strength than current materials. Carbon nanotubes are an exciting material for this purpose, showing high tensile strength at the nanoscale. Despite this promise, they have not yet achieved the needed strength. Nonetheless, meaningful progress has been made.
 
In this presentation, we will consider the recent progress in high strength materials; focusing on carbon nanotubes, but also considering other materials. We will also consider the progress in other properties of these materials, such as conductivity. While these properties are not directly related to the development of the Space Elevator Tether, they are likely to be important in the design and development of other elevator technologies. Further, demand for these properties in other sectors will drive broader material development, making them important in enabling technologies.

There are two themes for the conference this year; Carbon Nanotube Tensile Strength Progress and Marine Node Design Characteristics.

Click here to access the Conference website, including the Registration Page.

If you are interested in this most-magnificent Engineering project, this is a conference you'll surely want to attend - see you there!

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.

Man with megaphone graphicThe April, 2015 ISEC Space Elevator eNewsletter is now available here and it's jam-packed with news!

Among the articles is the official notification for the 2015 ISEC Space Elevator Conference (Early Bird rates now available!), two new columns (one from the ISEC History Committee and one from 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.

Table and Chairs imageAt the 2014 ISEC Space Elevator Conference, several mini-workshops were held, each delving more deeply into a specific topic to help us increase our understanding of the space elevator.  Previously, the results of two of the 2014 Conference workshops were published on this site and now we're happy to announce the availability of the third one, this one dedicated to the 2014 ISEC Theme - Space Elevator Architectures and Roadmaps.

The Workshop was conducted by Michael "Fitzer" Fitzgerald and its summary is: Space Elevator Architectures and Roadmaps Workshop Summary.

The summaries from all of the Conference workshops can be accessed from the top menu (Activities -> Conference Mini-workshops).

Many thanks to Peter Glaskowsky for creating these summaries.

Man with megaphone graphicThe March, 2015 ISEC Space Elevator eNewsletter is now available here.

Among the articles is a brief summary of the Space Elevator Roadmap Workshop held at the 2014 ISEC Space Elevator Conference.

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.

Man with megaphone graphicThe February 2015 ISEC Space Elevator Newsletter is now available!  Among the articles in are:

  1. An extended "President's Corner" where ISEC President Dr. Peter Swan discusses the role of ISEC in working towards building a space elevator
  2. A final notice for the February membership drive - only a few days left!
  3. Information about a "Grand Challenges" competition which you can enter and 1) Help advance the effort towards building a space elevator and 2) Be eligible to win a $25,000 prize!

And much more.

And, you can sign up for the Space Elevator eNewsletter (it's free!) so that you can a) never miss an issue and b) be among the first to be "in the know" about what ISEC is doing.

Also see the March 2015 ISEC Space Elevator Newsletter

Jar with moneyFor the month of February, 2015, discounted Memberships in ISEC are available!

For a new or renewed 1-year Professional membership, the price has been discounted from $68 to $58.  And for a new or renewed 1-year Student membership, the price has been discounted from $25 to $20.

This is a great opportunity!  Don't delay as this offer expires at the end of February.

Click here or on the "Get Involved -> Join/Renew" link to take advantage of this.

Thank you!

People listening to an announcement graphicThe January 2015 ISEC Space Elevator eNewsletter has just been released and is available January 2015 ISEC Space Elevator Newsletter.

Find out about the latest goings-on with ISEC including our second annual MEMBERSHIP DRIVE!

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.

Also see the February 2015 ISEC Space Elevator Newsletter

2015 International Space Conference logo

The second International Space Conference (ISC 2015) will be held on January 8th and 9th at Amity University in Noida, India.  Sourabh Kaushal, a friend of ISEC who has presented at a recent space elevator conference will be representing ISEC at this event and handing out copies of various ISEC Reports and also copies of CLIMB - The Space Elevator Journal.

This sounds like an exciting and informative two days and we encourage anyone who is interested in attending to visit their website and sign-up for the conference.

A new article has appeared in Acta Astronautica entitled "Design concepts for the first 40 km a key step for the space elevator".  This article deals with possible solutions to one of the thornier problems in space elevator design, and that's how to deal with the system inside earth's atmosphere.  While in some ways the atmosphere is more benign than space, in other ways it is much more problematic and solutions specific to this environment will have to be designed and adopted to deal with it.

The abstract begins:

"The Marine Node for the Space Elevator Infrastructure is the base for all activities to load and unload the cargo and climbers. As the basic design of the space elevator power system is solar power only, the first 40 km is hazardous to operations and demands enclosed packaging of fragile tether climbers. A significant question is: how do we place a full-up tether climber, driven by solar power, above the atmosphere? Two approaches, starting at the Marine Node, allow the tether climber to initiate the climb with solar energy above the atmosphere. The third viable approach is to provide a platform at altitude for initiation of tether climb..."

This article can be accessed at Acta Astronautica (or alternatively here).

The authors are Dr. John Knapman and Dr. Peter Swan.  Dr. Knapman is a member of the Board of Directors of ISEC (and the head of the ISEC Research Committee) while Dr. Swan is the President and also a Board Member with ISEC.

Three people around a conference table graphicMini-Workshops were held at both the 2013 and 2014 ISEC Space Elevator Conferences.  These Workshops, conducted by a subject expert, delved more deeply into individual topics relating to the Space Elevator.  Summaries of many of these Workshops are now available here on the ISEC Website.  You can find them under the "Activities" tab on the Main Menu.

Summaries of all three of the Mini-Workshops held at the 2013 Conference are available as well as a summary for one of the 2014 Conference workshops.  Two additional Workshops were held at the 2014 Conference and summaries for those will be posted over the next couple of months.

Speaker at podium graphicISEC is very proud to announce the 2015 ISEC SPACE ELEVATOR CONFERENCE!  This event will be held at Seattle's Museum of Flight from August 21st through the 23rd, 2015.

This will be the fourth year in a row that ISEC has held its conference at this venue.  It's a fantastic place to visit and to meet and we are very happy to once again be partnering with them for this effort.

A very preliminary program outline has been posted on the Conference website.  It's not too soon to begin planning to attend (or to present!) the conference.

We hope to see you there!

The 2014/15 ISEC Strategic Plan

(adopted at the Board of Directors meeting on August 21, 2014)

2014 Theme – “Architectures & Roadmaps”
2015 Themes – “Marine Node Design Considerations” and “Tether Material Status Update"

Strategic

  • Organize and conduct the 2014 [& 15] annual Space Elevator Conferences including posters
  • Produce the ISEC Journal when appropriate
  • Produce the Annual ISEC Study reports (2014 is Architectures and Roadmap, 2015 is Marine Node) after year long study
  • Increase our Professional & Student membership and go ‘outside the circle’ and recruit additional Corporate sponsorship
  • Strengthen Organization – a way to judge progress
  • Maintain a Social Media presence
  • Continue and enhance History Committee activities
  • Continue and enhance Research Committee activities
  • Consider Sponsor and organizing the Artsutanov and Pearson prize competitions
  • Develop excellent relationship with Japanese Space Elevator Association


Tasks to accomplish / finalize

  • Publish the 2014 ISEC Study Report on Architectures & Roadmaps - Fitzer
  • Support University of Cincinnati Nanotube Conference – Bryan Laubscher – On going each year.
  • Support Science Fest at the Seattle Museum of Flight Event – David Horn
  • Continue EuroSpaceward representation – Martin Lades.
  • Support IAA Space Elevator Activities – Peter Swan & Skip Penny– In process.
  • Maintain website – Ted Semon – Ongoing.
  • Send out periodic eNewsletters etc. “ISECdotORG” now on Twitter, Facebook, YouTube and Flickr. Pete Swan has submitted many articles to 50 Linked IN sites.  Pete Swan/Ted Semon.  Ongoing.


Other items to consider:

  • Set up a Speakers Board
  • Create 20 minute Space Elevator Basics Presentation, place under Configuration Management, and make available to all board members
  • Re-energize Space Elevator Wiki

 

(The 'ISEC year' begins and ends at the annual Space Elevator Conference.  The Board of Directors meeting held at the Space Elevator Conference discusses and ultimately approves the Strategic Plan for the next 12 months, the next 'ISEC year'.)

PDF format graphicThe first three ISEC Reports, Space Elevator Survivability - Space Debris Mitigation, Space Elevator Concept of Operations, and Design Considerations for Space Elevator Tether Climbers are now available in electronic (pdf) format for a very reasonable price.

Visit the ISEC store to learn how you can purchase your ISEC reports, in either print or electronic format.

Planning for the 2014 ISEC Space Elevator Conference is underway!  The dates of the Conference are set as Friday, August 22nd, through Sunday, August 24th.  The venue will be the same as the past two years; Seattle's Museum of Flight.  This is a wonderful facility, well-suited for a conference such as ours and a great place to tour and visit. 

Check the agenda details posted on the Conference website for the technical presentations.  The featured speaker is Mr. Leonard David, a renown space journalist who will “tell it like it is!”  In addition, there will be two mini-workshops, lectures on basic space elevators, and as always – one of the highlights of the weekend – LEGO based tether climber races at the Family Science Fest.

Mark your calendars and register now!

Crowd of people graphicISEC is very excited to announce its membership drive for 2014.  For the entire month of February, ISEC memberships will be sold at a discount; only $58 for Professional level memberships (instead of the normal $68) and only $20 for Student level memberships.  Members who join or renew at that level will still receive full membership benefits, including the 2014 volume of CLIMB (print and electronic versions for Professional-level memberships and electronic versions for Student-level memberships) and the 2014 ISEC poster.

To take advantage of this, just point to the "Get Involved" tab at the top of the page and then click on "Join/Renew".

So, take advantage of this offer, join/renew ISEC at a reduced rate and help us make a Space Elevator a reality - it's a win-win-win!

Thank you!

Woman at a computer graphicThe International Space Elevator Consortium (ISEC) has formed a Space Elevator History Committee to document the invention of the concept of the Space Elevator and the ever-increasing research and design which is taking place relating to this idea.  Dr. Peter Swan, the President of ISEC, puts it this way:


“We are at a point in human history where there is activity to move off planet.  As most of the world is limited by cost to orbit, we in the space elevator community believe we can make a difference in the future.  However, as we go forward, we should also look back and record the progress that has occurred in the space elevator community.  No one else will, until much later; so, we must step up and record our own history now.”

An initial team has already been formed and an aggressive agenda has been set, but Dr. Swan is looking for someone to head up the effort.  The first Conference call of the History Committee is set to occur next Tuesday, November 12th, 2013.  If you are interested in joining the team and/or heading up the effort, please contact Dr. Swan at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Planning for the 2014 ISEC Space Elevator Conference is underway! 

The venue will be the same as the past two years; Seattle's Museum of Flight.  This is a wonderful facility, well-suited for a conference such as ours and a great place to tour and visit.

The dates of the Conference are set as Friday, August 22nd, 2014, through Sunday, August 24th, 2014.

More details will be posted soon on the Conference website.

Mark your calendars now!

At the recent annual Board of Directors meeting, Directors Martin Lades and David Horn were re-elected to three year terms.  Former board member Ben Shelef declined to accept another term as Director as he is now devoting all of his energies to his new business. 

In addition to electing Directors, the Directors unanimously elected a new set of officers for a four-year term.  The new officers are:

  • President - Dr. Peter Swan
  • Vice-President - Robert "Skip" Penny
  • Secretary - Dr. Martin Lades (Dr. Lades was re-elected to this position)
  • Treasurer - Ted Semon

These Directors and Officers assumed their new duties effective immediately.

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!

The third annual ISEC Board of Director's meeting was held on Friday, August 24th, 2012, at Seattle's Museum of Flight.  This meeting is held every year in conjunction with the annual Space Elevator Conference (now hosted by ISEC).

Most Board members were in attendance (Ted Semon, Bryan Laubscher, Skip Penny and Peter Swan attended in person while Ben Shelef and Martin Lades attended via Skype).  Also in attendance was David Horn, conference chair.

The first order of business was discussing adding David Horn to the ISEC Board of Directors.  After a short discussion and an indication from David that he would like to join, he was nominated, seconded and unanimously voted onto the Board of Directors.  Per the ISEC Bylaws, his first term is for one year, expiring in August of 2013, at which time he will be eligible for a full three year term.

The second order of business was the expiring Director terms for Skip Penny (who had been added on a preliminary one-year term at the August 2011 meeting) and Bryan Laubscher and Ted Semon (who were finishing three year terms).

All three of these Directors expressed a desire to stay on the Board.  All of them were nominated, seconded and unanimously approved for new, three-year terms.

The composition of the ISEC Board is now as follows:

  • David Horn (term expires in August, 2013)
  • Ben Shelef (term expires in August, 2013)
  • Martin Lades (term expires in August, 2013)
  • Peter Swan (term expires in August, 2014)
  • Markus Klettner (term expires in August, 2014)
  • Ted Semon (term expires in August, 2015)
  • Bryan Laubscher (term expires in August, 2015)
  • Skip Penny (term expires in August, 2015)

Museum of Flight logoISEC is very proud to announce that this year's Space Elevator Conference, the first organized by ISEC, will be held at the Museum of Flight in Seattle, Washington. Conference dates are August 25-27, 2012. 

The official Press Announcement:

For 2012, the Space Elevator Conference moves to The Museum of Flight!

The International Space Elevator Consortium is proud to announce that the 2012 Space Elevator Conference will now be held at the Museum of Flight in Seattle, Washington. The conference dates remain the same, August 25th through August 27th, 2012, with the Family Science Fest being held on August 25th. Come experience learning, brainstorming, and working together surrounded by an atmosphere of invention and discovery! Conference and family science fest attendees will be stimulated and energized by the planes hanging from the Great Gallery glass ceiling or watching a jet take off from the Boeing Field runway. This will be a fantastic new venue for the conference!

3-Day Technical Conference The theme of this year's technical conference is “Operating and Maintaining a Space Elevator”. There is still time to submit your abstracts and papers for the technical conference. The abstract deadline has been extended to May 18th (the draft and final paper deadlines are still the same). Abstracts and papers are coming in steadily and we want to be sure we have a great set of presentations for the technology, business, legal, and outreach sessions.

Family Science Fest The Family Science Fest on Saturday, August 25th will also be held at the Museum of Flight. This event is open to the public and is included in the Museum of Flight admission price. The Family Science Fest includes Space Elevator 101 and 201 presentations, a youth robotics competition, exhibits from universities and science clubs, and much more.

Registration, Lodging, and More Info Coming Soon More details of the conference technical program and the Family Science Fest will be posted on the conference website (http://spaceelevatorconference.org) in early May including registration, lodging, and other information as it becomes available. Please note the the conference web site will be updated with a new look and feel the end of April. The Space Elevator is one of the most magnificent Engineering projects ever conceived. It promises abundant access to space and a multitude of benefits for humanity. Come to the Conference and hear presentations and discussion with people working to make the Space Elevator a reality!

So, mark your calendars and make your reservations. This Conference promises to be the most exciting ever!

Now that the first issue of CLIMB has been published and released, ISEC is setting its sights on Volume 2. An official "Call for Papers" has been released:

This is the official “Call for Papers” for the second issue of CLIMB, the Space Elevator Journal. We recently released our first issue of CLIMB - you can take a look at it / purchase it here:

Your article must have some relevance to the Space Elevator itself or to technologies that will be needed to build and operate a Space Elevator.

Article submission deadline is May 15th (this year!) as we want to have this issue published in time for the 2012 Space Elevator Conference (tentatively scheduled for August of this year).

We will soon have the format specifications ready. If you are interested in submitting an article, please send an email to CLIMB [at[ isec.org letting us know.

The first issue of CLIMB is something we’re very proud of and, with your help, we can make the second issue even better.

Thank you.

Ted Semon
President - ISEC

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