- Press Release
- Dec 9, 2022
ISEC Releases its First Position Paper
The International Space Elevator Consortium (ISEC) has released its first position paper titled Space Elevator Survivability Space Debris Mitigation in the form of a 76 page self-published book. Authored by Cathy Swan, Peter Swan and Robert “Skip” Penny the report states unequivocally that space debris will not be a show stopper for the space elevator.
“The International Space Elevator Consortium has placed this position paper as a recognition that the space debris problem is an engineering one and can be mitigated. The question: “Will space debris be a show stopper for space elevators?” is answered emphatically. NO! The mitigation concepts presented change the issue from a perceived problem to an engineering concern; but, by no means is it a significant threat. This pamphlet illustrates how the development office for a future space elevator can attack this problem, predict probabilities of collision, and convert the concern into another manageable engineering problem.”
Issues addressed in the report include;
– The probabilities of collision in low earth orbit, in geosynchronous earth orbit, and in medium earth orbit.
– The growth rate as it threatens an operational space elevator.
– A reasonable approach for space elevator developers to ensure infrastructure safety.
– Approaches to interrupt sources of debris.
– Mitigation of risk for the space elevator community through design, operations, policiesm and lowering the threat.
The report is available as a paperback for $14.50 or you can download it in PDF format for $5.99.
In a related news item, it was just a couple of weeks ago that news surfaced that the Japanese Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) was to team up with a fishing company to address the debris problem in a unique way.