The Space Show: Propellant Depots and Space Elevators

This week on The Space Show

Tuesday, September 7, 2010, 7-8:30 PM PDT: Dan Adamo returns to further discuss on orbit propellant depots and Earth-Lunar departure points.

Friday, September 10, 2010, 9:30-11 AM PDT:
Berin Szoka returns to discuss not only internet freedom but expanding human civilization in space.

Sunday, September 12, 2010, 12-1:30 PM PDT. We welcome back to the show Dr. Bryan Laubscher to update us on space elevator development.

Modern Space Elevator “Fathers” to Attend Redmond Conference Next Month


The International Space Elevator Consortium (ISEC), an independent coalition designed to promote outreach and foster research relating to the construction of an Elevator to Space, announced today that Russian engineer Yuri Artsutanov and American engineer Jerome Pearson, pioneers of the modern Space Elevator concept, will appear at the 2010 Space Elevator Conference.


Space Elevator and Lunar Industrialization Conference Set for December


Third International Conference on Space Elevator Systems
CNT Tether Design and Lunar Industrial Challenges

Location: Luxembourg (Novotel Luxembourg-Kirchberg)

Dates: December 5-6, 2009

The conference will join some of the world’s leading researchers and engineers on space elevator systems and carbon nanotube fiber production. An add-on this year will be a session on lunar industrialisation challenges.


Space Elevator Games Set for November


The postponed Space Elevator Games are now set for Nov. 2-6 at NASA Dryden Flight Research Center at Edwards Air Force Base, California.

The teams will spend the first two days setting up, testing and calibrating their experiments. A 3-day competition will then commence on Wednesday, Nov. 4. The teams will have a 45-minute climb window on each day.

The competition is being sponsored by The Spaceward Foundation with funding from NASA as part of the space agency’s Centennial Challenges. The games were delayed from August due to technical problems.

More information is available here.

The Space Review Looks at Apollo, Space Elevators


In The Space Review this week….

Coping with the closing
Space enthusiasts have coped with the relative lack of progress in the four decades since humans first walked on the Moon in varying ways. John Hickman describes these various approaches and how they can pose obstacles to the future.

Still on the ground floor

Jeff Foust reports on a recent conference where the space elevator community took stock of the current situation and made plans to forge ahead.

PAN’s labyrinth
An Atlas 5 is scheduled to launch next month a mysterious satellite identified only as PAN. Dwayne Day sheds a little more light on this spacecraft and its possible mission.

Review: The New Solar System

Hundreds of books have been published about the solar system, making it difficult for new ones to stand out. Jeff Foust reviews one that succeeds at standing out thanks to updated material and good design.

Could Space Elevators Make Solar Power Satellites Feasible?

spaceelevatorSpace Elevator: Science Fiction or Global Warming Cure?
PC World

Researchers gathered at the Space Elevator Conference on Thursday said that an elevator could make transportation to space so much more inexpensive than it is now, that companies could build large solar-power farms in space to provide energy for people on Earth. That could eliminate the need to burn fossil fuels and thus reduce global warming.


Space Elevator Conference Set for Aug. 13-15



Scientists, researchers and space enthusiasts from throughout the world will gather on the Microsoft campus August 13–16 for Space Elevator Conference 2009, an exploration of the technical, legal and social issues and challenges of building an Elevator to Space. A variety of events are planned for the public, as well as the scientific community, on this revolutionary way to send cargo and humans into space.


Space Elevator Games Postponed Indefinitely By Technical Problems



The Space Elevator Power Beaming Challenge Games originally scheduled for this summer at NASA’s Dryden Flight Research Center have been postponed. The Spaceward Foundation conducts this prize competition as part of NASA’s Centennial Challenge Program. The challenge this year requires teams to demonstrate devices that can climb a one-kilometer vertical cable using electrical power transmitted via a laser.


Space Elevator Games Postponed 3 Weeks to Early August


Just received a note from Alan Brown of NASA Dryden concerning postponement of the Space Elevator Games originally scheduled for July 14:

Due to some technical issues that came up during the “dry run” practice sessions last week, the event has been postponed for about three weeks, or about the first week in August.

No details are available on what technical problems came up. The games are part of NASA’s Centennial Challenges and are co-sponsored by the Spaceward Foundation.

Canadian Company Pursues Unique Space Elevator Concept

Skies not the limit for Canadian space elevator proponent
Canwest News Service

It’s no stairway to heaven – more like an elevator to the stars.

A Canadian technology company has a futuristic idea: a free-standing elevator that stops 20 kilometres above the Earth, is capable of launching satellites into space and could be used for communications networks around the world.