Dear Fellow Space Elevator enthusiast,
Eleven days! That’s all the time left to register for the Space Elevator Conference being held by ISEC this month! If you are thinking of coming and are wondering what we will be doing, scroll down to the conference schedule, later in this newsletter.
This article: https://spacenews.com/op-ed-the-next-space-age/ was forwarded to me since our last publication and I wanted to share it with you. It was originally published in 1994 in Space News and was reprinted for their Special Edition celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 mission. It was written by Arthur C. Clarke, known chiefly as the author of the 2001: A Space Odyssey tetralogy. But what we at ISEC love him most for is his book, Fountains of Paradise, about the construction of a Space Elevator, called an Orbital Tower.
In this article, Clarke pulls the Orbital Tower out of science fiction/fantasy and drops it into the laps of the scientists at NASA, challenging them to move out of the jet-propulsion era and switch to a tether at the cost of “…about $100 of electricity per passenger…” in 1994 dollars, mind you, but our estimates have not risen much, since then.
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