Space Elevator Architecture Note #2
ISEC has been at it for a while. Other entities and nation states have been at it for a while also; in fact, much longer than ISEC has. Over the past quarter century or more, commercial involvement in space has made its mark. Commercial space launch, commercial communications systems, and commercial imaging satellites. The other day, I saw an article about commercial weather data collection; and we have all seen the ventures offering rides into space – Space Tourism!! ISEC is certainly not expert in any of these activities.
Who are these people? Well, for starters they are our future clients, teammates, competitors, protagonists, and/or even investors. Maybe — we better find out. Rule #80 applies: Seek to understand before you seek to be understood. We should engage; now.
Future Business in Space – Some future visions, as seen now
If you look around, one can see what will likely be on-orbit business activities when we show up. I have already mentioned the fledgling efforts for space tourism; flights to the edge of space within 5 or 10 years. We could ask the flight-for-pay guys if they would offer excursion flights from our climber or within our GEO Node Region.
The Space Elevator Enterprise – the transportation system plus – would offer a number of services; situational awareness coverage; payload repairing, refueling, transferring and more. At the 2016 Space Elevator Convention, I spoke of services provided by small spacecraft gathered around the client’s payload.
This is a huge topic and will have great impact on our Enterprise. We cannot take our eye off the fundamental target, a revolutionary space access transportation system …. But … we need a plan. I will offer more thoughts next month