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:
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.
A 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:
This document can be found Space Elevator Architectures Report.
A new document has been posted to the ISEC website - the Space Elevator Lexicon. From the document:
This document can be found under the Resources Tab or you can click here.
The 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!
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