The 2018 ISEC Space Elevator Conference

August 17-19 | Museum of Flight | Seattle, Washington, USA

ISEC Presents the 2018 Space Elevator Conference

The 2018 conference will be held at the Museum of Flight in Seattle, Washington, USA Friday, August 17th through Sunday, August 19th.

What’s New

Registration for the 2018 technical conference will open in mid-May 2018.

Conference Theme

The 2018 conference theme is “The Space Elevator Transportation System is closer than you think.

This year will be a dual-themed conference featuring the technical description of the Multi-Stage Space Elevator and the preliminary Technology Readiness Assessment of the Space Elevator Transportation System.

Space elevators are a new way to access space less expensively than possible with chemical rocket technology. The technology offers solutions to many of the problems facing the world today, including the need for clean, renewable energy. A space elevator uses a carbon nanotube ribbon that stretches from the surface of the earth to a counterweight in space. Climbers ascend the ribbon lifting cargo and passengers to earth orbits and launching spacecraft to distant planets. The conference, focusing on all aspects of Space Elevator development, will engage an international audience of scientists, engineers, educators, entrepreneurs, enthusiasts, and students in discussions of Space Elevator Development including:climber design, materials research, technology, business and operations, public outreach, and legal issues.

Come experience learning, brainstorming, and international collaboration in an atmosphere of history, invention, and discovery!

A Family Science Fest day will be held in conjunction with the conference.

Registration for the Technical Program will open by mid-May 2018.

Conference events to include:

Robo Climb 2018 – A Youth Robotics Competition

Be part of a robotic climber competition between student teams from across the nation. Build robots that simulate space elevators carrying satellites into orbit.

  • Date: Saturday, August 18, 2018
  • Time: 10am to 5pm
  • Cost:  Museum entrance is free to registered teams

1-Day Family Science Fest

  • A family-focused, STEM-centric event for kids of all ages
  • Date: Saturday, August 18, 2018
  • Time: 10am to 5pm
  • Cost: Included with Museum of Flight admission
  • Hands-on activities, demos, and exhibits.  STEM!
  • SE 101: Introduction to the Space Elevator concept
  • SE 201: You’ve been to SE 101, now learn more details about space elevator applications, challenges, and opportunities
  • Read more about the Family Science Fest

3-Day Technical Program

  • Dates: Friday, August 17, 2018 through Sunday, August 19, 2018
  • Time: 8:30am to 5pm daily
  • Space Elevator Overview Presentation: The popular conceptual design
  • Keynote presentation
  • Mini-Workshops
    • Technical description of the Multi-Stage Space Elevator
    • Preliminary Technology Readiness Assessment of the Space Elevator Transportation System
  • Shotgun Science Session: Ideas not ready for prime time: rapid sequence, 5 minutes each, open to all
  • See the Technical Program page for more details as they become available in May and June.

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