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ISEC e-NewsletterAugust 2011   
In This Issue
Conference Speakers
Space Elevator Games - Strong Tether Competition
Upcoming Events
What is ISEC?
Visit ISEC on the Web
Quick Links
Letter from the President


Just a short note this issue - I, like many other space elevator enthusiasts, am busy with several last-minute projects for the upcoming 2011 Space Elevator Conference. 


The Conference is just a few days away and I am looking forward to it very much.  We at ISEC have focused our activities this year on the "Stronger, Lighter Tethers - 30 MYuri or Bust!" theme and the conference is the culmination of many of our activities.


This year's conference has an all-star lineup of speakers and you can read more about them in the "Conference Speakers" article later on in this eNewsletter.


The Strong Tether competition, part of the Space Elevator Games is also imminent and there are many other space-elevator related activities occurring in the near future.  You can read about these, too, later on in this eNewsletter. 


Let me again close this month by asking you to join ISEC or, if your membership has expired in ISEC, to please consider renewing your membership.  Membership fees are our lifeblood - without them we cannot do all of the activities that we feel are necessary to move the concept of a Space Elevator forward.  Members get a free poster and a free copy of the ISEC Journal.  In addition, members attending the Space Elevator Conference will also receive additional benefits.  Regular, professional memberships are only $68/year while student members are only $25/year.  The cost is small while the benefits are large - please join!

Ted Semon
President - ISEC 

SE Conference poster Conference Speakers 
The annual Space Elevator Conference is just a few days away!  The first day of the conference, Friday, August 12th, is being devoted to presentations on past, current and future developments in the field of Carbon Nanotubes (CNTs) regarding their specific strength properties.  To our knowledge, this is the first conference that has devoted time solely for discussing these properties of CNTs.
The conference organizers are very excited to announce
four of the confirmed speakers for Friday.
Dr. Boris Yakobson, the Karl F. Hasselmann Chair of Engineering, Professor of Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science and Professor of Chemistry at Rice University will be presenting a paper titled "A few answers to Rajasinghe: Carbon bonds, limits of growth, bounds of strength".  He will discuss what are the initial steps of carbon network failure, under the high tension, and what is the breaking strain limit, at least theoretically.
Dr. Vesselin Shanov, an Associate Professor of Chemical and Materials Engineering at the University of Cincinnati as well as co-director of UC Nanoworld Laboratories will be presenting a paper on his research into producing highly alligned CNT arrays and the subsequent spinning of these arrays into high strength fibers.

Also presenting on Friday will be Dr. Vasilii Artyukhov of Rice University and Graduate student Mark Haase of the University of Cincinnati.

These four presentations will be one of the highlights of our day-long focus on the creation of stronger and lighter tethers.
We look forward to hearing what insights these leading researchers into the field of CNTs have to offer to help advance the Space Elevator endevour.  Even if you are not a fan of the Space Elevator concept but you are a researcher in the CNT field or are interested in the future of high-strength materials, these two presentations (as well as others scheduled for that day) should be of great interest to you.
Be sure to visit for more updates on the conference - see you there!

(Clicking on the Space Elevator Conference poster thumbnail in the upper right-hand corner of this post will link you to a full-size, pdf version of the poster.  Please feel free to print it out and post it for all to see or just to keep.) 

Tug Of War Space Elevator Games - Strong Tether Competition

The annual Space Elevator Games - Strong Tether Competition will be held on the first day of the upcoming Space Elevator Conference.

This competition, organized and hosted by the Spaceward Foundation, has a $2 Million prize purse provided by NASA.  Competitors will bring a tether to the competition to be tested on a custom-built "tether torture rack" to see if they are strong enough to qualify for a prize.

This competition is one of two Space Elevator Games, the other being the Power Beaming challenge.

More information about the Strong Tether Competition can be found on the Spaceward website, the Space Elevator conference website and the NASA website.
Calendar graphic Upcoming Events
What is ISEC?

ISEC LogoThe International Space Elevator Consortium (ISEC) is the result of a coming-together of many 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.

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

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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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