The International Space Elevator Consortium (ISEC)

One of ISEC's newest activities is the creation of, Via Ad Astra - the Space Elevator Magazine, a collection of interesting and informative articles that pertain to the Space Elevator. Unlike the Space Elevator Journal (CLIMB), Via Ad Astra can contain fiction, interviews, event summaries, artwork as well as technical material about the Space Elevator.  Via Ad Astra is targeted more towards the layman than the scientist or engineer, but is sure to entertain anyone who is interested in the idea of a Space Elevator.

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 Via Ad Astra (see the ISEC Join webpage for details and eligibility requirements). 


Call for papers:

Volume 2 / Number 1

Editor-in-Chief: TBD

Technical Review Lead: TBD

Call for Papers

  ISEC will soon be accepting abstracts for Via Ad Astra - Volume 2. 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. 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 - TBD.

Official call for papers - TBD.

Paper Template guide - TBD.


Previous Editions:

2015 - Volume 1 / Number 1

Editor-in-Chief: Ted Semon

Publication date: December, 2015

Content: Volume 1 / Number 1 contains 10 articles including an interview with Yuri Artsutanov, the Russian Engineer who originally came up with the modern-day idea of the space elevator as a tensile structure, a report on Early Space Elevator History, several technical articles, an article on International Law and the space elevator, an interview with Vern Hall - the man heading up the ISEC report on the Earth station of the space elevator, a reprint of the seminal 1973 article by Jerome Pearson (the American Engineer who independently co-invented the idea of the space elevator as a tensile structure) discussing Anchored Lunar Satellites, a Brief History of the Space Elevator Games and a review of all of the individual ISEC Reports, each of which targets a specific technical aspect of the Space Elevator.

An electronic version can be downloaded here:  Via Ad Astra, Volume 1, Number 1

A printed copy of this Magazine can be purchased at or by clicking on the "Store" tab on the top menu.

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