The development of a future space elevator infrastructure requires us to open our minds and assess the businesses that will accompany development. The infrastructure will be refined as we move forward only if we can ensure that the whole project will lead to profitability and that it will encourage enterprises to flourish inside the various regions. During 2016, the ISEC identified the concept of Galactic Harbour. During this year, we have refined the concepts associated with a Galactic Harbour and have incorporated it into the ISEC strategy for the future. ISEC introduced a developmental strategy as a unifying vision:
Our “strategy” is to link the Space Elevator Transportation System to the Space Elevator Enterprise System; within a Unifying Vision – the Galactic Harbour. It is best to read such things very slowly and to interpret them for insight and clarity. The strategy cites a transportation system AND an enterprise. It also calls for unification (a unifying vision). The core idea is that we are to build two things and then unify them. Another version of this thought is that we build one that enables the other; or we are to build the first so that we may also have the second.
It is important to keep the elements and activities of a harbor in mind: main channel, entry, departure, port services, security, and so on. The definition would become:
“The Galactic Harbour operates in a continuous manner, moving customer payloads and support material within Climbers; moving along Tethers. The Climbers rise from the Earth Port toward exit gates at the GEO Region, or the Apex Region above. The delivered payloads are the future’s new versions of today’s operating satellites; and the support material is seen as “spare parts” for payload repair, refueling, and more. It would most logically be the Earth Port where the customers have their payloads loaded on Climbers and then the release points are at altitudes as per the desires of the customer.”
Indeed, the concept of a Galactic Harbour has been refined and accepted by ISEC, as the representation of the future. The vision is alive and will energize creative ideas and entrepreneurs towards supporting the development of a permanent infrastructure enabling low cost, routine, safe access to space. The portrayal of a Galactic Harbour is shown with its magnificent, large regions in Space dedicated to operations of both transportation elements and enterprises. ISEC’s engaging Galactic Harbour portrait proposes the Space Elevator as the transportation core connecting and servicing the business operations needs of three differentiated locations; on / near the equator (Earth Port), at geosynchronous altitude (GEO Region), and the counterweight at the end location (Apex Anchor Region). All of this is a statement of a robust, amalgam of transportation and enterprise. This is a new and imaginative step – a large step – from the previously discussed single tether transportation system. After many discussions and expansions of previous concepts, the Galactic Harbour has become a unification of the space elevator transportation infrastructure and the potential business enterprises within its boundaries.
What we see is magnificent! Large regions in Space dedicated to operating the revolutionary space access transportation system with businesses that flourish; satellites will be repaired and refueled, power generation systems will be assembled, and interplanetary journeys will be launched.