Press Release

The Space Elevator – The Other Way to the High Frontier

By SpaceRef Editor
June 10, 2009
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Explore the frontiers of space exploration this summer with a special one-day session on the space elevator. The Space Engineering and Science Institute (SESI) will host Space Elevator Day on Friday, July 17, 2009, in conjunction with SFF’s NewSpace 2009 Conference at NASA Ames Research Center in Mountain View, CA.

The space elevator represents a paradigm shift in the way we access space. Space Elevator Day will focus on all aspects of development, including science and technical issues, economics, and the style of life on Earth that space elevator technology will enable. This innovation is predicted to revolutionize space exploration, telecommunications, remote sensing, and clean energy.

“The Space Elevator is a radical new way to access space less expensively than possible with chemical rocket technology. The Space Elevator uses a carbon nanotube ribbon that stretches from the surface of the earth 100,000 kilometers to a counterweight in space. Climbers ascend the ribbon, lifting cargo and passengers to earth orbits and launching space ships to distant planets. The Space Elevator technology offers solutions to many of the problems facing communities today, including but not limited to the need for clean, renewable energy. “

~ Bryan Laubscher, President of Odysseus Technologies

Register for Space Elevator Day and let the pioneers of the space elevator concept and nanotechnology show you how achievable it is. The NewSpace 2009 Conference programming will span Friday, July 17th through Monday, July 20th.

Friday, July 17: Space Elevator Day Agenda

9:00-10:15 Overview & Questions with Bryan Laubscher (Pres. of Odysseus Technologies)
10:15-11:15 Carbon Nanotube Technology with Steve Steiner (Team Captain of DeltaX)
11:15-12:15 Technology Development with Martin Lades
12:15-1:30 Lunch
1:30-2:30 Economic Growth Opportunities with Michael Laine (CEO of Liftport Group)
2:30-3:30 Spaceward and the Elevator Games with Ben Shelef (CEO of Spaceward Foundation and g2 Engineering)
3:45-4:00 Coffee and Networking Break
4:00-5:00 Panel Discussion, Q&A with all speakers
8:30-10:00 Orphans of Apollo Movie Night

Discounted early-bird registration for the Conference is available at the NewSpace 2009 website, which also provides information about our group rate ($99/night) at the Domain Hotel in nearby Sunnyvale, California.
For more information about the Foundation, conference and registration, visit – or RSVP on Facebook today!

Space Frontier Foundation
William J. Watson
Executive Director
NewSpace 2009 Conference
Ryan McLinko
Conference co-Chair

SpaceRef staff editor.