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2015 Space Elevator Conference Technical Program  

The presentation agenda for the technical program is listed below.  Presentation times and start times may shift a bit as the presentations are finalized with the authors/presenters.

Day 1 - Friday, August 21, 2015

8:30am Check in begins - Skyline Room
9:00am Conference Opening and Welcome - David Horn
9:15am Space Elevator System Overview - Dr. Bryan Laubscher
9:45am ISEC Officers Report - Dr. Pete Swan
10:00am Keynote presentation on the current state of carbon nanotube research - Mark Haase
10:45am 15-minute break
11:00am The TREKANG Experimental Effort - Dr. Bryan Laubscher
11:30am Applications of the Nanotube Detangler Technology - Dr. Bryan Laubscher
12:00pm Lunch
1:00pm Tether Dynamics Research Workshop - Facilitators: Peter Robinson and Dennis Wright

  • Tension, Torsion, Bending and Shear; Should the Space Elevator Fear? - Dennis Wright
  • Report on Preliminary Space Elevator Dynamic Model Benchmarking [2015] - Peter Robinson
  • Group brainstorming session

3:30pm 15-minute break
3:45pm A Stable Orbital Lift System Based on Relatively Attainable Technological Advancements - Philip Swan
4:15pm Research on Dynamic Behavior and Friction Mechanism of Driving Roller for Tether Type Climber in Space Elevator - Cancelled
5:30pm Evening Mixer (Red Barn room at the Museum of Flight)
 7:30pm End of Day 1  

Day 2 - Saturday, August 22, 2015

8:30am Check in begins - Skyline Room
9:00am The Space Elevator/Launch Loop/Space Fountain in Science-Fiction - Robert Williscroft
9:30am D2X.Space Accelerating Spacebound Ventures - Nigel Sharp
10:00am Technical and Economic Design Results of An Endogenously-Powered Space Elevator - Representative TBD from the Exosphere Copernicus Series
10:30am 15-minute break
10:45am Results of the ISEC Architectures and Roadmap Study - Fitzer Fitzgerald
11:30am Space Elevator History Report - History Committee / Mark Dodrill / Dr. Pete Swan
12:00pm Lunch
1:00pm Mini-Workshop: Marine Node Design - Facilitators: Vern Hall and Skip Penny

  • 2015 Marine Node Study Overview
  • Group brainstorming session

3:30pm Family Science Fest/Youth Robotics Competition Finals/Explore Museum of Flight/Mingle and Collaborate
5:30 PM - 6:00 PM - Pre-Dinner Happy Hour in the Skyline Room
6:00 PM - 7:30 PM - Dinner Banquet in the Skyline Room at the Museum of Flight (dinner banquet included with paid 3-day registration, additional banquet tickets available)
7:00pm End of Day 2 

Day 3 - Sunday, August 23, 2015

8:30am Check in begins - Skyline
9:00am Power Transmission via the Tether: A Research Proposal - Dr. John Knapman
9:45am JSEA SPIDER Lightweight Climber Challenge - Shuichi Ohno
10:30am 15-minute break
10:45am  Tether Modularity - Chris Malek and Donald Lewis, Ph.D.
11:15am Elevator Speech Competition
12:00pm Lunch
1:00pm Draft of Space Elevator Mission Definition Document and Space Elevator System Requirements Document - Sakurako Takahashi
1:45pm Obayashi Corporation’s Space Elevator Concept and its Latest Update - Yoji Ishikawa
2:30pm 15-minute break
2:45pm Shotgun Science Session (open to all to present a Space Elevator-related idea or concept in 5 minutes or less)
4:00pm 2015 Conference Theme and Conference Wrap Up - David Horn
5:00pm End of Conference