One of the special guests of the 2016 Space Elevator Conference this year is USQUE Software. From their web site:
Usque is a collaborative computer modeling platform for the space elevator.
Usque comes from Latin meaning, all the way, up (to), even (to). The term conveys the idea of limitlessness. And that is what will happen when the space elevator becomes operational. It will take mankind into the limitless bounds of the solar system.
While there are a lot of tools to model different facets of the space elevator they focus on one discipline at a time. Usque is multi-discipline and collaborative by design. More than one discipline can be simulated at the same time. More than one organization can be the source of the mathematical model. More than one model per discipline is allowed. Just pick which model should be used per simulation. The models can be scoped by time and start/stop positions on the tether. That way a computationally expensive model can be used on the time/section of interest and another, less computationally expensive model, can be used on the remainder.
Some mathematical models will come with Usque, of course. But more exciting is that Usque is designed so a community of different scientific experts can contribute mathematical models. Some models will have public domain licenses, while others will have proprietary licenses. They will all be discoverable on a community web site. Each model will have its own forum. Models can be updated just like any software. Requests for mathematical models can be made as well.
The common thread with all the models is the problem domain, the space elevator. Let's lift the dream of the space elevator all the way -- together!
The ISEC 2016 Space Elevator Conference starts today, at the Museum of Flight in Seattle, WA!
Exciting topics for today include:
Dr. Stephen Cohen, Professor of Physics at Vanier College in Montreal, Canada, and his student Ivan Miloslavov have created a Space Elevator simulator. The simulator shows the orbits that a satellite could be deposited in by means of a Space Elevator.
Check it out at this link: Space Elevator Orbit Simulator
The July, 2016 issue of the ISEC Space Elevator Newsletter is now available: July 2016 ISEC Space Elevator Newsletter
Please note that registration is still open for the 2016 ISEC Space Elevator Conference in August in Seattle, WA! Time is running out, so register today before the deadline of August 14!
Also see the June 2016 ISEC Space Elevator Newsletter.
When I teach space systems engineering, early in the class, I always ask: Has any launch from America's spaceports ever launched on time? If one were to say that the launch team scheduled a launch 4 months prior for 2 O'clock on Tuesday the xth day of month y, the answer is not only NO, but a resounding NO. This is not bad as the principal purpose of a launch is SAFE delivery to orbit. The American process is to Launch when Ready, not on-time. Other countries have other launch practices, but America's approach is Launch when Ready. Multiple launches have been delayed over six months - until ready. This lesson is one learned from years of difficulty. Expensive satellite launches demand successful delivery to orbit.
When you go to a train station, what are your expectations? Of course, on-time is the watchword for train schedules. Most of the time, airlines make departures close to their expected times. Bus schedules are almost always on time. So why is access to space any different. It is just a delivery system to a user location.
One of the underappreciated aspects of projected space elevator operations is the capability to launch on time. The current concept of the Initial Operational Capability in the time frame of 2038 is one launch at dawn each day. As this is just an elevator trip to space, launch on time is the watchword for this type of access. One launch per day per space elevator each day. This would be routine access to space as well as low cost. These two traits tied with the concept of 14 metric tons of payload for each space elevator each day will change our understanding of space access. This transportation infrastructure will change the world and open up our solar system for humanity.
Dr. Peter Swan, President - ISEC
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