The International Space Elevator Consortium (ISEC)
  • Kid's Climber Competition 2
    Kid's Climber Competition 2
  • Pete Swan
    Pete Swan
  • Sandy Curth Presenting
    Sandy Curth Presenting
  • Kid's Climber Competition 3
    Kid's Climber Competition 3
  • Fitzer Presenting the Architecture Report
    Fitzer Presenting the Architecture Report
  • IAA Study Presentation
    IAA Study Presentation
  • 2016 Group Photo
    2016 Group Photo
  • Kid's Climber Competition 1
    Kid's Climber Competition 1
  • 2016 MOF Front Door
    2016 MOF Front Door
  • Bryan Laubscher
    Bryan Laubscher

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"


  • 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'.)

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ISEC Study Reports

Direct links to all ISEC generated Study Reports can be found below.

More detailed page is: ISEC Space Elevator Reports for Download

Space Elevator Status as of Summer 2016

2016 - Design Considerations for the Space Elevator: GEO Node, Apex Anchor and a Communications Architecture

This report will be available from the ISEC web site, ISEC store, or directly from the publisher, [after publication in March 2017].

2015 ISEC Space Elevator Earth Port

2014 ISEC Space Elevator Architecture and Roadmap

2013 ISEC Design Considerations for Space Elevator Tether Climbers

2012 ISEC Space Elevator Concept of Operations

2010 ISEC Space Debris Final Report

Space Elevator - A History

CLIMB - The Space Elevator Journal

Download .pdf copies of the CLIMB, the Space Elevator Journal:









Via Ad Astra Magazine

Download .pdf copies of the Via Ad Astra magazine:









2017 ISEC Space Elevator Conference, Seattle, WA, August 25-27, 2017 at the Museum of Flight

Space Elevator Research

There is a lot of activity in Space Elevator Research:

Space Elevator Publications List

Space Elevator Research Workshop

ISEC Research Committee

Updated Space Elevator Publications on!

 Studies: Chair – Dennis Wright 

 2010    Space Debris: Skip Penny, Peter Swan, Cathy Swan

 2011    Search for 30 MYuri:  Bryan Laubscher

 2012    Ops Concept: Skip Penny, Peter Swan, Cathy Swan

 2013    Tether Climbers:  Peter Swan, Skip Penny, Peter Glaskowsky, John Knapman, Cathy Swan

 2014    Architectures:  Fitzer Fitzgerald, Skip Penny, Cathy Swan, Peter Swan

 2015    Earth Port:     Vern Hall, Skip Penny, Sandee Schaeffer, Peter Glaskowsky

 2016    GEO/AA/Comm’s:     Paul Phister, Fitzer Fitzgerald, Vern Hall, Skip Penny, Peter Swan, Peter Glaskowsky, Ron Cole, David Ackerman, Chris Malek

 2017    Design Considerations for Space Elevator Simulation


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