This animation created for the Liftport Group provides an overview of the infrastructure needed for a lunar space elevator.
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Recently released is a new book titled "Space Elevators: An Assessment of the Technological Feasibility and the Way Forward". The book is the result of a study conducted under the auspices of the International Academy of Astronautics (IAA) with 41 contributors. The major conclusion from the four-year study was that the concept of space elevators seems feasible.
Is a Space Elevator pure fantasy or just a technological leap from reality? Markus Landgraf, a mission analyst at the European Space Agency (ESA), explains how to get to space via elevator.
The proceedings for last year's Space Elevator Conference are available at the International Space Elevator Consortium (ISEC) Store. If you attended the Conference, this CD will be mailed to you. For those of you who may have missed the conference, the purchase price for the CD is $20.
A Dirigible Space Elevator, a unique combination of aerospace design and geodesic geometry, has many monetary, efficiency and energy saving uses. The geodesic exo-structure allows any airship the ability to fly upwards at speeds exceeding 150 mph. The reduced costs to get to space will improve everything with respect to technological R & D associated with space.
The International Space Elevator Consortium has a released a 46 page report titled Space Elevator Concept of Operations. The report describes and discusses a plausible Operations scenario for a Space Elevator and also addresses initial commercial operations of a space elevator pair with robotic climbers.
The annual Space Elevator Conference will once again be held in Seattle and for the second year in a row at the Museum of Flight in Seattle. The theme of the 2013 conference is Tether Climbers.
The current issue of the Economist has a story on the Space Elevator: A lunatic idea? Building a lift to the moon's surface might make routine visits feasible.
The International Space Elevator Consortium (ISEC) is once again holding its annual conference in Seattle and for the first time it will be held at the Museum of Flight. The 3-day conference opens on August 25th and has a theme of Operating and Maintaining a Space Elevator.
Conference events to include:
When the news broke a couple of days ago on the Yomiuri Online web site that the Obayashi Corporation would be building a Space Elevator by 2050 I was skeptical. Why? Well let's examine the original article. If you use Google's Chrome web browser you have the option of having the article translated. I did that. As well a little history of the company helped.
Obayashi is a huge global construction company and like other Japanese construction companies it projects its business plan with a very long term view. So every now and then they put forward some visionary construction project. It won't get built anytime soon, if ever, but maybe, just maybe someday it will. Unfortunately that's not the case here.
Ted Semon is reporting that the first issue of the Space Elevator Journal is available. It consists of eight peer-reviewed papers. The Journal will be sent out to all past and present members of the International Space Elevator Consortium (ISEC). It's not available just yet on the ISEC web site but will be soon.
From the New York Times comes a story on Google's X lab where top secret Google projects of the future are being researched. These are blue sky ideas that might some day pan out. One of the ideas being bandied about? The Space Elevator.
Recently The Daily Show contacted me as they wanted to do a piece on the Space Elevator after the last shuttle program ended. I put them in touch with Brad Edwards and Ben Shelef. The result is the following video with renowned physicist Michio Kaku where he discusses the space elevator and how it could economically lift cargo and humans into space by the end of the century.
The International Space Elevator Consortium (ISEC) is now accepting submissions for the 2012 Space Elevator Journal. As with the Call for Papers for the Space Elevator Conference, papers on "Strong Tethers" are encouraged while papers on any other subject relevant to a Space Elevator are also encouraged. Details are available on the journal from the ISEC web site.
The NASA Strong Tether competition will be held on Friday, August 12th at the annual Space Elevator Conference being held at the Microsoft Conference Centre in Redmond, Washington. As part of its Centennial Challenges program, NASA has put up a $2 Million prize purse for tethers that can meet certain specific strength benchmarks. To this point no one has been able to win this prize. Could this years competition be the year someone wins?
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