CLIMB - The Space Elevator Journal
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One of ISEC's activities is to create a Journal, named CLIMB, a collection of peer-reviewed and other articles that pertain to the Space Elevator. CLIMB gathers together some of the best technical papers about the Space Elevator and is intended as an outlet for authors who wish to contribute to the growing body of knowledge about the Space Elevator. It's also intended to counteract some of the misinformation which is so prevalent about the Space Elevator.

CLIMB has a rigorous review process.  This review process is not intended to foster a specific 'plan' or 'outline' or 'accepted method' for building and operating a Space Elevator, but rather is there to insure that the papers are well-thought out, rigorous and logical.

When the review process is completed, CLIMB is published and made available for distribution, both in print and electronically.

As one of the benefits of joining or renewing their membership in ISEC, members are eligible to receive a complimentary printed copy of any ISEC publication, including CLIMB (see the ISEC Join webpage for details and eligibility requirements).


Call for papers:

Volume 3 / Number 1

Editor-in-Chief: TBD

Technical Review Lead: TBD

Call for Papers

  ISEC is now accepting abstracts for CLIMB - Volume 3. Abstracts must be in English, one page or less, and summarize the salient points of the paper. The Abstract should indicate subjects dealt with in the paper and state the objectives of the investigation. Newly observed facts and conclusions of the experiment or argument discussed in the paper should be stated in summary form. Abstracts will be evaluated as they are received and, upon approval of the Abstract, the author will be notified of acceptance and invited to submit a formal paper.

Abstracts should be emailed to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Abstract Guidelines here.

Official call for papers here.

Paper Template guide here (in pdf format here).


Previous Editions:

2013 - Volume 2 / Number 1

Editor-in-Chief: Ted Semon

Technical Review Lead: Ben Shelef

Legal Review Lead: Benjamin Jarrell

Publication date: July, 2013
An electronic version can be downloaded here: CLIMB Volume 1 Number 2

2011 - Volume 1 / Number 1

Editor-in-Chief: Ted Semon

Technical Review Lead: Ben Shelef

Legal Review Lead: Benjamin Jarrell

Publication date: December, 2011
An electronic version can be downloaded here: CLIMB Volume 1 Number 1

Printed copies of these Journals can be purchased at or by clicking on the "Store" tab on the top menu.

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ISEC Study Reports

Direct links to all ISEC generated Study Reports can be found below.

More detailed page is: ISEC Space Elevator Reports for Download

Space Elevator Status as of Summer 2016

2016 - Design Considerations for the Space Elevator: GEO Node, Apex Anchor and a Communications Architecture

This report will be available from the ISEC web site, ISEC store, or directly from the publisher, [after publication in March 2017].

2015 ISEC Space Elevator Earth Port

2014 ISEC Space Elevator Architecture and Roadmap

2013 ISEC Design Considerations for Space Elevator Tether Climbers

2012 ISEC Space Elevator Concept of Operations

2010 ISEC Space Debris Final Report

Space Elevator - A History

CLIMB - The Space Elevator Journal

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2017 ISEC Space Elevator Conference, Seattle, WA, August 25-27, 2017 at the Museum of Flight

Space Elevator Research

There is a lot of activity in Space Elevator Research:

Space Elevator Publications List

Space Elevator Research Workshop

ISEC Research Committee

Updated Space Elevator Publications on!

 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


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