Space Elevator: March 2004

This years International Astronautical Congress being held in Vancouver between October 4-8 will feature two sessions on Space Elevators.

The two sessions are:

IAA.3.8.2. Space Elevator and the Future of Tethers in Space

The Space Elevator is a revolutionary means of access to space conceived of as a 100.000 km ribbon of carbon nanotubes with one end attached to Earth and the other end beyond GEO. This session addresses the spectrum of issues and challenges associated with space systems design, orbital dynamics, space environmental factors, construction technologies, etc... of space elevators as well as advanced concepts for tethers.

This science update from Nature details how scientists from the University of Cambridge were able to use an environmentally friendly method to create long rope-like fibres from nanotubes.