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ISEC Releases its First Position Paper

By Marc Boucher
April 8, 2013
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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.

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