Here are the 3 members, Pete Swan (left), Fitzer Fitzgerald (center), and Dennis Wright (right).
The May, 2017 issue of the ISEC Space Elevator Newsletter is now available: May 2017 ISEC Space Elevator Newsletter
ISEC is proud to announce that there will be a special Space Elevator specific track during the National Space Society's (NSS) International Space Development Conference (ISDC)©, May 25-29, 2017 at the Union Station Hotel in St. Louis, MO!
Please see the NSS web site's ISDC 2017 web page for more information on how you can attend and learn more about how the Space Elevator will advance the development of space related technologies.
You can view more information about the ISEC Space Elevator specific track here:
"The benefits of space elevators are enormous and would enable commercial development beyond Low Earth Orbit. The ability to move massive payloads routinely, daily, inexpensively, and in an environmentally friendly manner will ensure that CIS-Lunar space has expansive growth in the middle of this century. This track will focus on the elements of space elevators that will ensure humanity’s movement off-planet towards our dreams."
After several years of intense work by many people, ISEC is proud to announce the publication of "Space Elevators - A History"!
The vision of the International Space Elevator Consortium (ISEC) is to have a world with inexpensive, safe, routine, and efficient access to space for the benefit of all mankind. As its name suggests, one of the principle elements of the ISEC action plan is to promote the development, construction and operation of a space elevator infrastructure as a revolutionary and efficacious way of getting into space.
ISEC is made up of organizations and individuals from around the world who share this vision of mankind in space. In their desire to record the progress of space elevator thinking over time, a number of these individuals formed the ISEC History Committee under the chairmanship of Dr Peter Swan. Their ideas and discussions have culminated into two main activities: one, oral interviews with major players, past and present, in space elevator research and development; and two, this book which attempts to document the history of the space elevator concept. The initial idea for the book emanated from Nicholas Martin in May 2014 who proposed many of the chapters and topics to be covered and these were then augmented by others in the History Committee.
Under the general editorship of Dr David Raitt, the work is a combined effort of several individuals including Dr Peter Swan (5, 6, 7, 9, 10, B), Dr David Raitt (all), Mark Dodrill (5, C), Nicholas Martin (1, 2), Evan Smith (4), and Ted Semon (7). The numbers and letters in parentheses after the names indicate the chapters and appendices for which they were largely responsible or a significant contributor.
The book is laid out in chapters close to chronological. The major topics are separated out such that the reader can look at the history is stages. This means that there is some degree of overlap between the chapters, which are thus largely self-standing. The three phases of the space elevator fall into the following categories (with chapters identified for clarification): Dreamers and Creators (Chapters 1 and 2); Modern Era Initiation (Chapters 4-8); and the Move towards Development (Chapters 9 and 10). These chapters are briefly outlined in the Introduction. The book is completed with a number of Appendices covering brief contributor biographies, a space elevator chronology, and selected summaries from the oral interview transcripts. [Additional transcript summaries, as well as a bibliography of references to space elevators, can be found on the ISEC website (www.isec.org).]
David Raitt 1 March 2017
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The April, 2017 issue of the ISEC Space Elevator Newsletter is now available: April 2017 ISEC Space Elevator Newsletter
The February, 2017 issue of the ISEC Space Elevator Newsletter is now available: February 2017 ISEC Space Elevator Newsletter
Welcome to the February 2017 Newsletter. Here you will find current technical content from our engineers and new opportunities to get involved. In this edition we cover two recent presentations in England and the UAE by ISEC team members as well as an in-depth look at Earthport infrastructure. We are also reposting an interview with Dr. Bradley Edwards, one of the true pioneers of Space Elevator research. As always, thank you for reading!
If you missed the news last month, our pilot internship program last Summer was a success and we are now offering opportunities for Summer 2017. More specifically, we are offering two paid positions this summer for undergraduate students. This program is aimed at Freshman and Sophomores in Aerospace fields, but all are welcome to apply. The program is explained in detail below. We look forward to your applications!
As always, you will find notices of several open volunteer positions (a great way to help this project, even if you're not a scientist or engineer) and a reminder that all ISEC reports, Yearly Reports, CLIMB Journals and the Via Ad Astra Magazine, are now available FOR FREE in electronic (pdf) format at ISEC.org. There is plenty of work to be done!
If you want to help us make a space elevator happen, JOIN ISEC and get involved! A space elevator would truly revolutionize life on earth and open up the solar system and beyond to all of us.
ISEC Publicity Director
Also see the January 2017 ISEC Space Elevator Newsletter