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ISEC e-NewsletterNovember 2010
In This Issue
ISEC Prize Announcement
ISEC Theme 2011
Space Elevator Conference
ISEC in Prague
EuroSpaceward Conference
Japanese Space Elevator Conference
What is ISEC?
Visit ISEC on the Web
Quick Links
Letter from the President

The recent Space Elevator Conference, held at the Microsoft Campus in Redmond, Washington, was simply outstanding.  The presentations were very good and, unlike some past conferences, were targeted solely towards the study of the Space Elevator.  In 2010, we introduced the idea of a yearly 'theme' for Space Elevator research and a full day of the conference was centered on this theme; Space Elevator Survivability - Space Debris Mitigation.
The real highlight of the conference was the attendance of both Yuri Artsutanov and Jerome Pearson, two of the original inventors of the modern day idea of a Space Elevator.  I've had the pleasure of meeting Jerome before, but being able to meet Yuri was a dream come true.  He is truly '81 years young' and I am hopeful that both Yuri and Jerome will be able to attend future conferences.
This conference also marked the inauguration of both the Pearson and the Artsutanov prizes which were established by ISEC to 'increase our understanding of the Space Elevator'.  Special mention must be made here of John Lee, Executive Director of the Leeward Space Foundation ( for his sponsoring of the Pearson Prize. For this we are very grateful - thanks John!
I want to end this Letter by thanking you for your membership support. The Redmond Conference showed just how successful ISEC has become and it is because of your financial support that we are able to sponsor the Artsutanov Prize and help sponsor the Space Elevator Conference or Space Elevator Games. To renew and continue your contributions just visit the ISEC website ( and click on the JOIN link.  Thank you!
Ted Semon
President - ISEC

ISEC Prize Announcement

ISEC is proud to announce the results of its first annual Yuri Artsutanov and Jarome Pearson prizes. The Artsutanov prize is open to any papers writen within the spectrum of Space Elevator topics while the Pearson prize must be an undergraduate level student who focuses the paper on the year's annual theme.

Although this year there were no winners named, there are two honorable mentions to release. The first is Gaylen Hinton for his paper on the Seven Deadly Assumptions about Space Elevators. Gaylen was recognized for his accomplishments at the 2010 Space Elevator Conference earlier this year. The second honorable mention goes to Karen Ghazaryan for his paper on optimal tether design. He presented his paper at the 2010 Space Elevator Conference and it will be included in the upcoming ISEC Journal.

Congratulations to both individuals for their outstanding work. ISEC is always interested in new ideas in regards to the Space Elevator and we want to encourage everyone to submit papers for considerations for next year's prizes. For more information please visit
And the 2011 Theme Is... 
Bryan Presentation

The International Space Elevator Consortium (ISEC) Board of Directors has decided that after the tremendous success of the 2010 ISEC Theme, it is time to get started on ideas for next year. Many great ideas have been put forward for the board and the final decision will be announced at the EuroSpaceward Conference in Luxemburg this December 4th and 5th.


The goal of each year's theme is to focus the efforts of the Space Elevator Community towards one idea. Last year's theme of Space Debris Mitigation helped generate several papers and discussions throughout the year. Dr. Bryan Laubscher is taking the lead on the theme for 2011 and he hopes that next year will be even more successful.


The 2011 theme will also be the focus of the Jerome Pearson Prize, a $1,500 undergraduate level prize awarded for a paper centered on the annual theme. "Getting the attention of college students at a young age is key to bringing fresh minds and new ideas into the Space Elevator community," says Ted Semon, ISEC President.

For more details on the 2011 theme or the Jerome Pearson prize, please contact Ted Semon at 

 The Space Elevator Conference 2010 - Redmond, WA
Picking Up Yuri
SE community members picking up Yuri and Jerome at Sea-Tac Airport
Team members preparing for the Strong Tether Challenge


Group Discussions
Several discussions were sparked throughout the conference by presenter's material
Jerome Pearson giving a talk on his EDDE (electro-dynamic debris eliminator) spacecraft

Visit the official website for the Space Elevator Conference

European Space Elevator Challenge 

The Space Elevator community has been using the challenge setup to encourage innovation for years. Last year's successes in the Power Beaming competition proved that the concept works and now another competition, the European Space Elevator Challenge, is being offered in Europe to further increase the opportunities for breakthroughs.

EUSEC is a climber challenge with varying levels of entry for everything from remotely operated battery powered vehicles to autonomous beam powered vehicles. The one requirement for any level of entry is that the climber be able to carry at least 10% of its weight as payload.

The competition is put together by the Scientific Worlgroup of Rocketry and Spaceflight of the Technical University of Munich and will be held from June 10th to the 12th, 2011. For more information, please visit

Peter SwanSpace Elevators in the Old City


The International Astronautical Congress was conducted in Prague during the last week in September with a large representation from ISEC and the space elevator community.  Board Members Martin Lades and Peter Swan presented papers related to ISEC topics while papers ranged from a Road Map for the development of Space Elevators to the description of light and strong Carbon Nanotubes. 


A large portion of the conference was devoted towards Carbon Nanotube tethers. As an integral technology for the Space Elevator, it was great to see so much discussion going into the topic.


As with any time that you bring together so many great minds on a subject there were many exciting discussion during which new ideas surfaced. The planning is already underway for the conference next year.  Please join the IAC and ISEC next year in Capetown during first week of October 2011.

EuroSpaceward Conference 

In just two weeks EuroSpaceward is going to be holding their fourth annual conference in Luxembourg. The focus of this years conference is going to be Carbon Nanotechnology with the entire first day being devoted to that topic. Discussions will focus on all elements of this emerging technology from how to grow Carbon Nanotubes to industrial applications.

The second day of the conference will look at broader space elevator systems, discuss the research and developments of these systems and try to outline a roadmap into the future. Part of that roadmap will include the announcement of the ISEC Annual Theme for 2011.

The keynote speakers with include ISEC's own Peter Swan for his experience with both commercial and government space systems. ISEC President Ted Semon will also be there to make the announcement of the topic.

To register for the conference or find out more information please visit

 2010 Japanese Space Elevator Conference 

In just a few weeks the Japanese Space Elevator Association will be hosting their annual conference as well. The conference will be held in Tokyo on December 11th and 12th. The main discussion topic will be legal considerations, deployment research, tether experiments and solar power satellites as well as an update on research into carbon nanotubes.

Though the majority of the presenters will be from Japan University, individuals from Nagoya and Shizuoka Universities will also be in attendance and making presentations.

For more information please visit the associations website at

What is ISEC?

ISEC LogoThe International Space Elevator Consortium (ISEC) is the result of a coming-together of leading figures and organizations who have worked long and hard over many years to promote the concept of a Space Elevator.  With organizational members in the United States, Europe and Japan and individual members from around the world, ISEC's goal is nothing less than to get a Space Elevator built.

From our bylaws:

"... ISEC promotes the development, construction and operation of a space elevator as a revolutionary and efficient way to space for all humanity ..."

Our plan of action is based on four pillars: Technology, Law, Business, and Outreach:

Each of the pillars is headed by a pillar lead, who functions much like a university's department head. Their job is to start initiatives (projects), pursue collaborations, guide project leads and prospective project leads in pursuing their individual projects, and generally increase the activity level of their pillar.

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