The official newsletter of the International Space Elevator Consortium (ISEC)


Our mission statement:

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

January 2015
In This Issue
The President's Corner
Membership Drive!
Why Space Elevators?
ISEC Affiliations
What is ISEC?
ISEC Corporate Sponsors
Visit ISEC on the Web
Follow ISEC!
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Dear Friend,


Welcome to the January, 2015 edition of the ISEC eNewsletter.


In this issue's President's Corner, ISEC President Dr. Peter Swan discusses the opportunities for 2015, including helping out ISEC in areas which might interest you...


This eNewsletter also contains information about our second annual Membership Drive where you can join or renew your ISEC membership at a reduced rate!


Finally, we have the latest installment in the series "Why Space Elevators?"


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Thank you - and Happy New Year! 



The President's Corner 

January is the beginning of so many things, well maybe not baseball season.  As I think about our past year and the one approaching, I am thankful for all the volunteers and the progress we have made.  Similar to the old retiree joke, "I woke up this morning with nothing to do... but I only accomplished half of it."  ISEC reached out this year a long way with initiation of research and history committees.  Each of these have progressed with products shown on our website.  In addition, the developing concept for our international conference has matured to lead the space elevator community with current topics, challenging ideas/discussions, and keynote speeches that stimulate us to keep reaching beyond the expected.

This year, I would like to challenge each of you to help us reach a little further.  We should finish the study concentrating on Architectures and Roadmaps; however, we just initiated the study on Defining the Marine Node.  We developed a plan for future space elevator research; however, we need to further define and then initiate some research.  We have an affiliation with the National Space Society; however, we need to expand that to other similar minded organizations.  The history committee has conducted many oral history interviews; however, there are many more space elevator advocates we need to connect with.

The challenge: Which volunteer area are you going to jump into?

"Keep Climbing my Friends!"  Pete Swan
Membership Drive!

ISEC is very pleased to announce the second annual membership drive during the month of February, 2015.  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 the most recent print version of CLIMB, the Space Elevator Magazine.

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 most recent electronic version issue of CLIMB.

So, take advantage of the reduced rates, visit the ISEC member join/renew page and join or renew your membership in February!
ISEC Affiliations

National Space Society Update - "The annual International Space Development Conference (ISDC) is the keynote event of the National Space Society (NSS), bringing together leading managers, engineers, scientists, educators, and business people from civilian, military, commercial, entrepreneurial, and grassroots advocacy space sectors. ISDC has been held in various locations throughout North America since 1982, featuring renowned speakers such as Buzz Aldrin, Eric Anderson, Charles Bolden, Neil deGrasse Tyson, Peter Diamandis, Lori Garver, Richard Garriott, Bill Nye, Elon Musk, Seth Shostak, Simon 'Pete' Worden, and many others. ISDC also features plenary talks, keynote speakers, multi-disciplinary tracks, exhibit hall, design contests, book signing, and more."  This year's conference will be in Toronto [May 20-24, 2015] with the theme of:  "Our Next Breakthroughs in Space Technologies."
What is ISEC?

The 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. For 2014-2015, ISEC has two themes; The Marine Node and a Materials Review.

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.

Come and join us and help make the future happen!

The International Space Elevator Consortium (ISEC) is a registered 501c3 charitable organization
(EIN 80-0302896)

Thank you, Corporate Sponsors !

The lifeblood of any organization such as ours is the support we receive from our members - and we thank them all.  We especially want to thank our Corporate Sponsors who have contributed funds and resources to ISEC at a higher level.

Visit ISEC on the Web
Visit our website at  There you can join learn more about what is happening in the Space Elevator community and what is being done to advance the concept of a Space Elevator.  Please consider joining ISEC - we foster research and sponsor Space Elevator-related causes, but to do so takes money.  Your contributions are crucial to our success.  Thank you!

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