In Memoriam – A Special Edition of the ISEC Newsletter
Dedicated to Yuri Artsutanov [1929-2019]
Dear Fellow Space Elevator enthusiast: It is with heavy heart that I tell you that a revered pioneer of the Space Elevator movement has passed away. He died January first at the age of 89 years. His memorial service was held in Saint Petersburg January fourth. He was proceeded by his wife, Ludmilla and is survived by a son, Nicholas. I did not know Mr. Artsutanov personally, but many member of ISEC did. I will let them tell you about Yuri in their own words…
I hope everyone had a great holiday as the year turned. Can you imagine – we’re in the last year of the second decade of the 21st Century? I [and the newsletter team] took the holidays off with no newsletter on 1 January – so this is the start of a new year. Next month we will be back in full swing (with the newsletter); however, this month I wanted the opportunity to acknowledge the passing of Yuri Artsutanov (our co-inventor of the space elevator), on January First. He took Konstantin Tsiolkovsky’s thought experiment of a compressive structure from Earth to Geosynchronous altitude [first outlined in 1895] to the next level of development – a tether with tensile strength strong enough to deploy from GEO to the Earth and upward towards the counterweight [i.e. Apex Anchor]. Our February newsletter will approach this recognition of his impact with four parts:
- Part One – Yuri Artsutanov’s Place in Space Elevator History
- Part Two – 2010 Space Elevator Conference Involvement
- Part Three – Reflections from Jerome Pearson
- Part Four – A Short Summary of his Life
- Part Five – His own words from Climb Journal
We recognize that he was “one of us” and will be missed.
Pete Swan, ISEC President
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