Consistent with our goal of focusing the Space Elevator community towards a common effort, each year the ISEC Board of Directors decides upon a theme that becomes the focus of many ISEC activities. These include:
Below are the annual Themes chosen by ISEC:
This 2017 study has been initiated and will evaluate the various aspects of the necessary computer simulation to support the development of the space elevator. With its unprecedented scale, wide range of physics and engineering concerns, and pioneering materials, the space elevator will require computer simulation of many of its aspects before any major component of it can be built.
The goals of this study are to:
· specify the aspects of the space elevator which require computer simulation,
· develop the requirements necessary for a simulation system which can carry out the above tasks,
· make recommendations for software tools needed to build the simulation system and
· define a computing model for the simulation system.
Aspects to be simulated include:
· dynamics of tether and climber motion,
· electrodynamics of the tether and its interaction with the magnetosphere,
· radiation effects of tether and climber materials,
· wind forces, and more.
Based on the requirements and recommended tools, a computing model will be defined which will serve as a framework for the construction of a simulation system. In general, computing models address the following issues:
· configuration of computing hardware and software
· distribution, access and maintenance of computing resources
· work-flow, including coding, the running of simulation jobs, analysis of results and archiving
· testing, validation and benchmarking of models and tools.
The September, 2016 issue of the ISEC Space Elevator Newsletter is now available: September 2016 ISEC Space Elevator Newsletter!
In this issue you will find an in-depth interview with Dr. Bryan Laubscher, a leading developer of structural carbon nanotube technology and long time member of the ISEC team. In addition, our Director for Research, Dr. John Knapman, outlines the idea of a Launch Loop, a space elevator system that could be built with existing high strength materials.
On the systems engineering side of SE design Vern Hall weighs in on Earth Port infrastructure and Fitzer Fitzgerald begins a conversation on SE Architecture in what will be an ongoing Architecture Notes series.
You will also find notices of several new Volunteer positions open (a great way to help this project, even if you're not a scientist or engineer) and a reminder that all ISEC reports, Yearly Reports, CLIMB Journals and the Via Ad Astra Magazine, are now available FOR FREE in electronic (pdf) format.
Also see the August 2016 ISEC Space Elevator Newsletter
ISEC has a new Publicity Director! Sandy Curth is a long time Space Elevator enthusiast and has recently completed his undergraduate Physics thesis on longitudinal oscillations induced in a space elevator tether by seismic activity. He hopes to improve ISEC's reach through social media and continued technical research.
Please join us in welcoming Sandy to the ISEC team!
Status of the Space Elevator Concept During the Summer of 2016
Peter A. Swan, Ph.D.,
President, International Space Elevator Consortium Paradise Valley, Az 85253
Cathy W. Swan, Ph.D.
President, SouthWest Analytic Network, Inc. Paradise Valley, Az 85253
Abstract: The International Space Elevator Consortium has chosen to describe the space elevator from the top level to help readers understand its status as of the summer of 2016. One of the first steps is to describe the three concepts of space elevator infrastructures that are sufficiently refined to be seen as “real.” To accomplish this task, the authors present their views starting with the questions:
Why are we going to build a space elevator infrastructure?
What is the range of missions enabled by space elevators?
What are the three concepts for modern day space elevators?
You can download the entire .PDF report for free: Space Elevator Concept Status, Summer 2016.
Be sure to checkout the traveling exhibit titled Above and Beyond: The Ultimate Interactive Flight Exhibition if it comes near you!
The exhibition is at the Seattle Museum of Flight through September 10, 2016!
There is a great Space Elevator simulator booth as part of the exhibit. Here are a few pictures from the exhibit:
The August, 2016 issue of the ISEC Space Elevator Newsletter is now available: August 2016 ISEC Space Elevator Newsletter
Please note that registration is still open for the 2016 ISEC Space Elevator Conference in August in Seattle, WA! Time is running out, so register today before the deadline of August 14!
Also see the July 2016 ISEC Space Elevator Newsletter
2016 Theme – “Geo Node and Apex Anchor with Communications”
2017 Theme – Design Considerations for SE Modeling and Simulation
Tasks to accomplish / finalize
Other items to consider:
Direct links to all ISEC generated Study Reports can be found below.
More detailed page is: ISEC Space Elevator Reports for Download
This report will be available from the ISEC web site, ISEC store, or directly from the publisher, Lulu.com [after publication in March 2017].
No upcoming events at this time.
There is a lot of activity in Space Elevator Research:
Studies: Chair – Dennis Wright
2010 Space Debris: Skip Penny, Peter Swan, Cathy Swan
2011 Search for 30 MYuri: Bryan Laubscher
2012 Ops Concept: Skip Penny, Peter Swan, Cathy Swan
2013 Tether Climbers: Peter Swan, Skip Penny, Peter Glaskowsky, John Knapman, Cathy Swan
2014 Architectures: Fitzer Fitzgerald, Skip Penny, Cathy Swan, Peter Swan
2015 Earth Port: Vern Hall, Skip Penny, Sandee Schaeffer, Peter Glaskowsky
2016 GEO/AA/Comm’s: Paul Phister, Fitzer Fitzgerald, Vern Hall, Skip Penny, Peter Swan, Peter Glaskowsky, Ron Cole, David Ackerman, Chris Malek
2017 Design Considerations for Space Elevator Simulation