Canadian Company Granted U.S. Patent for Space Elevator

Inflatable space elevator (Credit; Thoth Technology)
Inflatable space elevator (Credit; Thoth Technology)

TORONTO, July 21, 2015 (Thoth Technology PR) –Canadian space company, Thoth Technology Inc., has been granted the United States patent for a space elevator. Announced today in the USPTO’s Official Gazette, the freestanding space tower is pneumatically pressurized and actively-guided over its base. Reaching 20 km above the planet, it would stand more than 20 times the height of current tall structures and be used for wind-energy generation, communications and tourism.


BIL Conference Was an Excellent Adventure

Pacific sunset from the Santa Monica Pier. (Credit: Douglas Messier)
Pacific sunset from the Santa Monica Pier. (Credit: Douglas Messier)

By Douglas Messier
Parabolic Arc Managing Editor

I had the opportunity to escape from the Mojave last weekend to attend the BIL Conference down in Long Beach. It was a nice break. I got to see some cool talks, meet some new friends, and sit barefoot on a beach beside a vast ocean which I had all but forgotten even existed.

Not bad for two days.

I just wish I could have stayed longer. Returning to the High Desert was like traveling back in time: it felt like spring in LA, but it was still winter in the Mojave. Cold and windy.


Henry Vanderbilt, Michael Laine Drop By The Space Show this Week

This week on The Space Show with David Livingston….

1. Monday, March 19, 2011 2-3:30 PM PDT (5-6:30 PM EDT, 4-5:30 PM CDT): We welcome DUANE HYLAND to the show. Duane is a debate coach and will discuss pointers on how to put forth a convincing argument. It is important to be able to do this as we take the space message outside the space community.

2. Tuesday, March 20, 2012, 7-8:30 PM PDT (10-11:30 PM EDT, 9-10:30 PM CDT): We welcome back MICHAEL LAINE of Liftport to discuss his Lunar Space Elevator Concept. Visit his website at for more information.

3. Thursday, March 22, 2012, 7-8:30 PM PDT (10-11:30 PM EDT, 9-10:30 PM CDT):: We welcome back HENRY VANDERBILT of the Space Access Society. Henry will update us on this year’s SAS Conference in early April (

SPECIAL TIME: 4. Friday, March 16, 2012, 2-3:30 PM PDT (5-6:30 PM EDT, 4-5:30 PM CDT): We welcome back DR. PHIL CHAPMAN to discuss innovative space policies and more. Phil was an astronaut and contributes regularly to SSP and other quality space blogs on a variety of issues and ideas.

5. Sunday, March 25, 2012, 12-1:30 PM PDT (3-4:30 PM EDT, 2-3:30 PM CDT): We welcome back DR. ROBERT (BOB) FARQUHAR to discuss his new book, “Fifty Years on the Space Frontier: Halo Orbits, Comets, Asteroids, and More”

Google Pursuing Space Elevator Development

You’ve heard of Google Search. Google Mail. And the Google Lunar X Prize.

But, none of that can prepare you for Google X — the Mountain View company’s ultra-secret research lab. And what sorts of futuristic things are they dreaming up over there? Dinner plates that can transmit what you’re eating to your social media network. (Mac and cheese! Yum!) Lots and lots of robots that can collect all sorts of information and go to work for you. (Even George Jetson never had it so good!) Driverless cars. (Really?!) And that dream of every cheap access to space proponent, the space elevator.

So says The New York Times in an entertaining article published on Sunday. The story puts an interesting Google twist on the space elevator, seeing it as more than just a system for hauling cargo into orbit.

For example, space elevators, a longtime fantasy of Google’s founders and other Silicon Valley entrepreneurs, could collect information or haul things into space. (In theory, they involve rocketless space travel along a cable anchored to Earth.) “Google is collecting the world’s data, so now it could be collecting the solar system’s data,” Mr. Brooks said.

That makes sense. Google’s whole business model is collecting information and making billions off it. Why not embed sensors into the elevator that can look far out into space.

Take a look at the story. It’s a good read.

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.


LaserMotive Adds 3 New Sponsors for 2010 Space Elevator Games

LaserMotive Press Release

LaserMotive, an independent R&D company specializing in laser power beaming and winner of the 2009 NASA-sponsored Power Beaming Competition, has announced its newest sponsors for its entry in the 2010 Space Elevator Games. At stake is a purse prize of up to $1.1 million.


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.

Video: Space Elevator Games in Tokyo

Recorded with the onboard camera of the Space Elevators Technical University of Munich in the 1st Japan Space Elevator Competition of JSEA in Tokyo, Japan.

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.

Space Elevators: Still Stuck on the Ground


Space Elevator Faces Reality
Alan Boyle
MSNBC Cosmic Log

Like almost everyone else in the space vision business, the enthusiasts who foresee a “railway to space” are adjusting their high-flying dreams to fit down-to-earth realities.


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.