- Published on Saturday, 04 July 2015 17:41
The 'Early Bird' rates for the 2015 ISEC Space Elevator Conference end on Sunday, July 5th at 12midnight, US Pacific Time. After that, you can still register for the conference but the rates will increase to their full price.
It's going to be a great conference; a keynote speech on the state of the art of advanced materials, workshops, presentations, a Family Science Fest day and more.
A synopsis of the Keynote speech:
Advanced Materials are critical for the development of the Space Elevator. Most prominently, the elevator cable will require a material with a much greater tensile strength than current materials. Carbon nanotubes are an exciting material for this purpose, showing high tensile strength at the nanoscale. Despite this promise, they have not yet achieved the needed strength. Nonetheless, meaningful progress has been made.
In this presentation, we will consider the recent progress in high strength materials; focusing on carbon nanotubes, but also considering other materials. We will also consider the progress in other properties of these materials, such as conductivity. While these properties are not directly related to the development of the Space Elevator Tether, they are likely to be important in the design and development of other elevator technologies. Further, demand for these properties in other sectors will drive broader material development, making them important in enabling technologies.
There are two themes for the conference this year; Carbon Nanotube Tensile Strength Progress and Marine Node Design Characteristics.
Click here to access the Conference website, including the Registration Page.
If you are interested in this most-magnificent Engineering project, this is a conference you'll surely want to attend - see you there!
- Published on Monday, 15 June 2015 08:00
ISEC is very proud to announce the release of the fourth edition of its yearly reports, this one focused on Space Elevator Architectures and Roadmaps. From the Preface:
"...This year, ISEC has chosen to challenge the many, diverse, space elevator concepts with a structured approach at architectural development leading to a series of technological roadmaps. Indeed, ISEC understands where the technologies are today and where we would like to be: Initial Operational Capability. However, the process between those time-oriented events must be clarified and illustrated. The goal of this study team is to develop a solid approach to take the space elevator community from today, to a recognized future destination..."
There have been many ideas proposed as to how an earth-based space elevator might be constructed and operated. This report looks at three different architectures which have been proposed for an earth-based space elevator, architectures which have been rigorously defined:
- Dr. Edwards NAIC study, with refinements in his 2003 book
- The International Academy of Astronautics Study Report, 2013
- The Obayashi Corporation concept at Heads of Space Agency Summit, Jan 2014
The fact that there are at least three competing proposals with so much work behind them shows how much interest and research is being done to "further our understanding of the space elevator".
If you would like to understand and compare & contrast these different architectures, and to see what the "state of the art" now has to say about this project, this is a must-read report.
Space Elevator Architectures and Roadmaps can be purchased from the ISEC store; the printed edition costs $9.50 (plus shipping and handling) while the electronic, pdf version of the report can be purchased for $2.14.
- Published on Monday, 01 June 2015 18:36
The May, 2015 ISEC eNewsletter is now available here and, once again, it's jam-packed with news!
Among the articles is a reminder to register for the 2015 ISEC Space Elevator Conference (Early Bird rates still available!), updates from the ISEC History Committee and the ISEC Research Committee and an announcement about a 2-week bootcamp in Hungary with a space-elevator theme.
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