A new ISEC Report, Design Characteristics of a Space Elevator Earth Port, is now available in both print and electronic formats. This report is the latest in a series of yearly ISEC publications - each one designed to explore a specific aspect of understanding, constructing and/or operating a space elevator. This is the fifth report in this series. Previous report topics included:
- Space Debris Mitigation - Space Elevator Survivability
- Concept of Operations
- Design Considerations on Space Elevator Tether Climber
- Space Elevator Architectures and Roadmaps
This current report, Design Characteristics of a Space Elevator Earth Port, "...provides the International Space Elevator Consortium’s (ISEC) view of the Earth Port (formerly known as the Marine Node) of a Space Elevator system. The Earth Port: Serves as a mechanical and dynamical termination of the space elevator tether; Serves as a port for receiving and sending Ocean Going Vessels (OGVs); Provides landing pads for helicopters from the OGVs; Serves as a facility for attaching and detaching payloads to and from tether climbers and attaching and detaching climbers to and from the tether; Provides tether climber power for the 40 km above the Floating Operations Platform (FOP); and, Provides food and accommodation for crew members as well as power, desalinization, waste management and other such support."