Status of the Space Elevator as of Summer, 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?
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