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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..."

January 2014
In This Issue
The President's corner
CLIMB Volume 3 - Call for Papers
ISEC 2014 Membership drive
Space Elevators contribute to Heads of Space Agencies Summit
The 2014 Space Elevator Conference
ISEC and NSS join hands...
What is ISEC?
ISEC Corporate Sponsors
Visit ISEC on the Web
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Dear Friend,


Happy New year and welcome to the January, 2014 edition of the ISEC eNewsletter.


In this issue's Presidents Corner, ISEC President Dr. Peter Swan discusses the just-concluded Heads of Space Agency summit held in Washington, D.C. and his presentation of the IAA report on Space Elevators.

More information about this presentation is also in this eNewsletter.

This issue also contains information about the 2014 ISEC Membership drive (you can join/renew ISEC in February for a reduced rate!) and the official Call for Papers for the 2014 issue of CLIMB, the only Journal devoted solely to the Space Elevator.


And don't forget to LIKE US on Facebook, FOLLOW US on Twitter and enjoy the photos and videos that we've posted on Flickr and YouTube - all under our Social Identity of ISECdotORG.


Thank you! 



The President's corner

The opening of a new year brings excitement and hope for the future!  Luckily, the space elevator was highlighted during the first full week of January at the Heads of Space Agency Summit, in Washington DC on January 9th.  I presented the conclusion of the International Academy of Astronautics' study during a full day of broad space presentations.  32 Heads of the world's space agencies met and discussed the state of the space arena and where it is going.  The space elevator was discussed across the two days at all levels of organization.  The thrust was "the Academy concludes Space Elevators seem feasible."  

In addition, our new year brings hope that the progress towards an operational space elevator will leap forward with events such as the International Space Elevator Conference [22-24 Aug, Seattle] and the ISEC yearly study.  The 2014  study focuses upon space elevator architectures and roadmaps.  The journal, CLIMB, will be gathering peer reviewed articles and focusing on Sir Arthur C. Clarke while the global research community will be moving forward in areas such as carbon nano-tubes and light weight, highly efficient, solar arrays.  This new year should be eventful and rewarding.  

"Keep Climbing my Friends!"  Pete Swan
CLIMB Volume 3 - Call for Papers

The window is now open for authors interested in submitting papers for Volume 3 of CLIMB, the only Journal devoted solely to the Space Elevator.

Abstracts may be submitted between now and February 28th, 2014 to

ISEC is interested in publishing both technical papers, subject to peer-review along with "Additional reading" papers; documents that might be of interest to a reader interested in the Space Elevator.

Volume 1 of CLIMB was dedicated to Yuri Artsutanov, the Russian engineer who was the original inventor of the Space Elevator structure that is the model today, while Volume 2 of CLIMB was dedicated to Jerome Pearson, the American engineer who independently invented this concept and put into place much of the scientific and mathematical underpinnings for this tensile-based structure.  Volume 3 of CLIMB will be dedicated to Sir Arthur C. Clarke, the person who more than anyone else has popularized this concept.

Volumes 1 and 2 of CLIMB were well-received and may be purchased at the ISEC storeCLIMB is also a benefit for ISEC members; members at the Professional level and above receive both the print and electronic versions of CLIMB while student members receive the electronic versions of CLIMB as part of their membership benefits.

Information about how to format the Abstract can be found at the ISEC website, along with the Paper template and a publication schedule.
ISEC 2014 Membership drive

ISEC is very pleased to announce a new membership initiative for the month of February, 2014.  During this month new members may join and current members can renew at a reduced rate!

Those who join or renew at the Professional level will only have to pay $58, a $10 discount from the normal $68 rate.  Professional level members are entitled to receive both the print and electronic versions of the 2014 issue of CLIMB, the Space Elevator Journal, along with the 2014 ISEC Poster.

Those who join or renew at the Student level will only have to pay $20, a $5 discount from the normal $25 rate.  Student level members are entitled to receive the electronic version of the 2014 issue of CLIMB along with the 2014 ISEC poster.

So, take advantage of the reduced rates, visit the ISEC member join/renew page and join or renew your membership in February!
Space Elevators contribute to Heads of Space Agencies Summit

Thirty-two Heads of Space Agencies and their delegations gathered, in company with policy makers, government representatives, distinguished scientists, and leading Academicians from all over the world, on January 9 and 10, 2014, in Washington, DC.  This meeting was an International Academy of Astronautics [IAA] Heads of Space Agencies Summit on space exploration. Renowned leaders from space-faring nations engaged in dialogue on topics of international concern: Planetary Robotic and Human Space Flight Exploration.  Space elevators had two presentations:  Dr. Peter Swan [President of ISEC] presented:  "Academy Cosmic Study on Feasibility of Space Elevators" while "Road to The Space Elevator and Beyond - Proposal for International Corporation on Space Business Development" was presented by Mr. Yuichiro Nogawa.  

This IAA Summit took place in cooperation and conjunction with the ministerial International Space Exploration Forum, a policy dialogue on space exploration, hosted for the first time by the US Department of State with Ministers and government representatives from the US and around the world.  The first day, while Ministers gathered for the restricted ministerial conference, the IAA held the pre-Summit Space Exploration Conference on planetary robotic and human spaceflight exploration. The following parallel sessions were held:
  1. Human Aspects in Spaceflight
  2. Scientific Goals in Robotic Missions
  3. Technical Factors: Enabling Technologies /Common Requirements
  4. Private Industrys' Role in Space Exploration and Exploitation: Technical, Policy and Legal Considerations
  5. Space Exploration: The Imperative of Global Cooperation
  6. Space Stations Utilization for Robotics and Human Spaceflight Exploration
In the evening, the IAA commemorated this unique and historic event with a Reception and Gala Dinner that brought those communities together. Ministers and their delegations, Heads of Space Agencies and their delegations as well as government officials, distinguished scientists, Summit participants and special guests gathered in formal attire. The second day was the Summit day where Heads of Space Agencies discussed the Summit Declaration, follow-on implementations, and new fresh ideas on international cooperation. Heads of Space Agencies discussions and roundtables interactively addressed the following exploration topics:
  1. The Importance of International Cooperation
  2. Space Stations
  3. Space Exploration: LEO & Beyond
  4. Benefits of Space Exploration
During this meeting Dr. Swan received the first copy of the study report his team has been working on [Space Elevators: An Assessment of theTechnological Feasibility and Way Forward].  The image thumbnail is of him with the new book (click on the thumbnail to see a full-size picture).
Dates set for 2014 ISEC Space Elevator Conference

ISEC is very pleased to announce the dates and venue for the 2014 ISEC Space Elevator Conference.

The Conference will be held from Friday, August 22nd, 2014 through Sunday, August 24th.

The Venue will the same place we've had the conference the past two years, Seattle's Museum of Flight.  This has turned out to be a wonderful venue for the Conference and we are thrilled to be able to host the Conference here again.

Details will be announced in a future issue of this eNewsletter and will be available on the Space Elevator Conference website.

Mark you calendars now - be there or be square!
ISEC and NSS join hands...

The National Space Society and the International Space Elevator Consortium signed a Memorandum of Understanding on 15 August 2013.  This understanding between these 501(c)(3) organizations illustrates the strength of ideas and committed volunteers.  Recently the NSS released a "Milestones to Space Settlement," or a roadmap to the future.  The presented vision is:

The National Space Society ("NSS") is a nonprofit educational organization whose Vision is: "People living and working in thriving communities beyond the Earth and the use of the vast resources of space for the dramatic betterment of humanity."

This Vision embraces both space as a future second home for humanity and the resources of space (such as the Sun's energy for space-based solar power, extra-terrestrial minerals for raw materials, and low-gravity for manufacturing) being used for the benefit of all of us on the Earth. These two elements of the Vision are intertwined: development of space products and services for the people of Earth will both require human presence in space and will enable and motivate expansion of our species away from the home planet.

The partnership of two visionary organizations should strengthen each other's activities.  As the ISEC has a similar mission, the two organizations should have many common projects and ideas.  

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

Due to their shared interest, as shown by their mission statements and vision, the two organizations, working together, should be able to contribute even more to the widespread economic development of space and the betterment of mankind.
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.

Our Mission Statement says it all:

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

Each year we adopt a theme which we use to focus our activities for that year.  For 2009-2010, our theme was Space Debris Mitigation - Space Elevator Survivability.  For 2010-2011 our theme was Research and thought targeted towards the goal of a 30 MYuri tether.  For 2011-2012, our theme was Operating and Maintaining a Space Elevator.  For 2012-2013, our theme was Tether Climbers and for 2013-2014, our theme is Architecture & Roadmaps.

If you agree that building a Space Elevator should be a priority for all of us and you want to help make this happen, please Join Us !  Benefits include eNewsletters (such as this one), the ISEC Journal CLIMB and other items listed on our Join page.

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