2014 ISEC Space Elevator Conference

August 19, 2014

The theme of the 2014 conference is space elevator Architectures and Roadmaps with a focus on comparing the major space elevator architectures proposed to date. 

Space elevators are a radical 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.

Conference events include:

1-Day Family Science Fest

  • A family-focused event for kids of all ages
  • Date: Saturday, August 23, 2014
  • 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
  • Robo Climb: a robotic climber competition between student teams around the region
  • More activities are being planned this year
  • Read more about the Family Science Fest

3-Day Technical Program

  • Dates: Friday, August 22, 2014 through Sunday, August 24, 2014
  • Time: 9am to 5pm
  • Cost:  See registration page.
  • Space Elevator Overview Presentation: The popular conceptual design
  • Keynote Presentation by Leonard David
  • Carbon Nanotube (CNT) Research: Latest progress in high strength CNT research
  • Mini-Workshops on Space Elevator Feasibility
    • Research Activities and Global Cooperation
    • Marine Node Design Concepts
    • Space Elevator Architectures and Roadmaps
  • SE Impact on the Future: Transformations enabled by the SE – space exploration, resource utilization, and more
  • 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 on the program agenda.