The 2017 ISEC Space Elevator Conference

August 25-27 | Museum of Flight | Seattle, Washington, USA

ISEC Presents the 2017 Space Elevator Conference

The 2017 conference will be held at the Museum of Flight in Seattle, Washington, USA Friday, August 25th through Sunday, August 27th.

What’s New

The Technical Program is finalized.

Registration for the 2017 technical conference closed 20-Aug-2017.

Conference Theme

The 2017 conference theme is Space Elevator Simulations.

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 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:climber design, materials research, technology, business and operations, public outreach, and legal issues.

Come experience learning, brainstorming, and international collaboration in an atmosphere of history, invention, and discovery! 

A Family Science Fest day will be held in conjunction with the conference.  This year at the museum of flight, an exciting new Apollo exhibit features the first public display of a rocket engine that launched Apollo to the moon and includes treasures large and small from the Space Race (learn more).   

Registration for the Technical Program is now closed.  

Conference events to include:

Robo Climb 2017 - 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. Further information and rules.

  • Date: Saturday, August 26, 2017
  • Time: 10am to 5pm
  • Cost:  Museum entrance is free to registered teams

1-Day Family Science Fest

  • A family-focused, STEM-centric event for kids of all ages
  • Date: Saturday, August 26, 2017
  • Time: 10am to 5pm
  • Cost: Included with Museum of Flight admission
  • Hands-on activities, demos, and exhibits.  STEM!
  • 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 25, 2017 through Sunday, August 27, 2017
  • Time: 8:30am to 5pm daily
  • Space Elevator Overview Presentation: The popular conceptual design
  • Keynote presentation
  • Mini-Workshops on Space Elevator Simulations and Next Space Elevator Research Projects
  • Shotgun Science Session: Ideas not ready for prime time: rapid sequence, 5 minutes each, open to all
  • See the Technical Program page for more details

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