Announcing the 2016 ISEC Space Elevator Conference and Call for Papers


The International Space Elevator Consortium presents the 2016 Space Elevator Conference to be held August 19th through August 21st, 2016 at the Museum of Flight, Seattle, Washington with the Family Science Fest on Saturday, August 20th.


The theme of this year's conference is the "Apex Anchor, Geo Node, and Communication Architecture."  The three-day technical conference will engage an international audience of scientists, engineers, educators, managers, entrepreneurs, enthusiasts, and students in discussions of space elevator development including Technology, Business and Operations, Outreach, and Legal topics.  More details of this year's technical conference program will be posted on the conference website ( with registration opening March 2016.


The Family Science Fest portion of the conference will be held Saturday, August 20th. This event is in tandem with the technical conference and is included in the Museum of Flight admission price. The Family Science Fest includes a youth robotics competition, public Space Elevator 101 and 201 presentations, exhibits from universities, science organizations, and science clubs, and much more.  This is a great event for the whole family while you explore the Museum of Flight.


Many thanks to our annual "GEO" level sponsors, the Museum of Flight and Microsoft Corporation, for their ongoing support for this conference. 

Call for Papers!

The International Space Elevator Consortium (ISEC) invites you to join us in Seattle, Washington, USA and contribute to the latest research, knowledge, stimulating discussions, and exchange of ideas on space elevators at the 2016 Space Elevator Conference - August 19-21, 2016.  The theme of this year's conference is "Apex Anchor, Geo Node, and Communication Architecture."  


Carbon nanotube and strong materials research is also a very important topic that we continue to emphasize and we encourage participation by materials science researchers on this exciting subject.  Authors are invited to submit titles and abstracts of proposed papers

for the conference before May 1, 2016.


Topics for papers should fall into these categories.

  1. Space elevator Apex Anchor, Geo Node, or Communication Architecture
  2. Carbon nanotube tensile strength research progress and other strong material research relating to space elevators
  3. Science, engineering, and technology topics relating to space elevators
  4. Operations, maintenance, ROI, and other business topics relating to space elevators
  5. Space elevator impact on the future and public outreach to societal institutions; government, media, unions, the educational system, etc.
  6. Treaties, laws, insurability, and other legal issues and topics relating to space elevators 
Submit your abstracts and papers to the Conference Management Tool (CMT) at


Authors are invited to submit titles and abstracts by 01-May-2016. Abstracts must be in English, no more than 1000 words, should state the purpose, result, and conclusion of the proposed paper with supporting figures where appropriate. Authors will be notified of acceptance to submit a corresponding paper no later than 08-May-2016. For all submittals, please include the title, authors and affiliations, mail address, e-mail, and phone number of the corresponding author.


Please use the ISEC Conference Papers Template for your paper. Papers must be in English with the first full draft for review due by 17-Jul-2016. Any feedback on draft paper reviews will be completed by 24-Jul-2016. Final papers and presentations are due 14-Aug-2016 so that we can make them ready for conference attendees. PowerPoint or PDF formats are preferred for presentations.


We will collect all papers and presentations made and include them in the conference proceedings, to be offered for sale on digital media after the conference. Conference attendees will receive the final proceedings after the conference. By submitting a paper and presentation to the conference, the author(s) explicitly give(s) ISEC and the Space Elevator Conference organizing committee the right to include his or her paper and presentation in these proceedings.

Important Dates

Conference:  August 19-21, 2016

Submission of Abstracts by May 01, 2016

Notification of Abstract Acceptance by May 08, 2016

Draft Papers Due:  July 17, 2016

Final Papers and Presentations Due:  August 14, 2016


Send your abstract, paper, and technical program inquiries to:

Conference Chair: David Horn (