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The 2019 International Space Elevator Conference

August 16-18 | Museum of Flight | Seattle, Washington, USA

ISEC Presents the 2019 International Space Elevator Conference


The 2019 conference will be held at the Museum of Flight in Seattle, Washington, USA Friday, August 16th through Sunday, August 18th.

What’s New


The agenda for the technical program is now available.

Robotics competition registration for RoboClimb is now open.

Conference registration for the technical program is open.

Presentations and papers from the 2018 conference can be found here.

Conference Theme


The 2019 conference theme is “Outreach with Early Experimentation Support.

Space elevators are a new way to access space less expensively than possible with chemical rocket technology. The technology offers solutions to many of the problems facing the world today, including the need for clean, renewable energy. A space elevator uses a carbon nanotube, graphene, or other strong nanomaterial ribbon that stretches from the surface of the earth to a counterweight in space. Climbers ascend the ribbon lifting cargo and passengers to earth orbits and launching spacecraft to distant planets. The conference, focusing on all aspects of Space Elevator development, will engage an international audience of scientists, engineers, educators, entrepreneurs, enthusiasts, and students in discussions of Space Elevator Development including:  early experimentation, strong materials research, technology, business and operations, public outreach, and legal issues.

The 2019 ISEC space elevator conference theme is “Outreach with Early Experimentation Support.

A Family Science Fest day with the RoboClimb competition and public space elevator talks will be held in conjunction with the conference on Saturday, August 17th.

This year the Museum of Flight is also featuring an Apollo 11 exhibit for the 50th anniversary of the first manned moon landing.

Conference events included:

Robo Climb 2019 – A Youth Robotics Competition

Be part of a robotic climber competition between student teams from across the nation. Build robots that simulate space elevators carrying satellites into orbit.

  • Date: Saturday, August 17, 2019
  • Time: 10am to 5pm
  • Cost:  Museum entrance is free to registered teams

1-Day Family Science Fest

  • This year the Family Science Fest will be limited to the RoboClimb competition and the two space elevator talks.
  • Date: Saturday, August 17, 2019
  • Time: 10am to 5pm
  • Cost: Included with Museum of Flight admission
  • SE 101: Introduction to the Space Elevator concept
  • SE 201: You’ve been to SE 101, now learn more details about space elevator applications, challenges, and opportunities
  • Read more about the Family Science Fest

3-Day Technical Program

  • Dates: Friday, August 16, 2019 through Sunday, August 18, 2019
  • Time: 8:30am to 5pm
  • Space Elevator Overview Presentation: The popular conceptual design
  • Keynote presentation
  • Mini-Workshops
    • ISEC Outreach and Reference
    • Interplanetary Mission Support
    • Greening of the Earth via Space Elevators
  • Shotgun Science Session: Ideas not ready for prime time: rapid sequence, 5 minutes each, open to all
  • Conference registration is open until August 11, 2019.
  • See the Technical Program page for the 3-day conference agenda.

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