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Call for Papers

The window is now officially open for articles for the very first ISEC Journal.

The International Space Elevator Consortium (ISEC) is now accepting articles for inclusion into its first Space Elevator Journal.  Articles submitted must be somehow related to the Space Elevator.  The article could also be about the Space Elevator Games or Carbon Nanotubes or Lasers or it could be a short, fictional story, artwork, poetry, etc - but it MUST be related to a Space Elevator.

Formal submission guidelines and a template to use will be up on the ISEC website shortly.  In the meantime, you can view them here (Guidelines) (Template).

PLEASE NOTE - IF YOU HAVE ALREADY SUBMITTED A PAPER TO THE JOURNAL, PLEASE RE-FORMAT IT USING THE GUIDELINES AND DOCUMENT TEMPLATE AND RESUBMIT IT.  PAPERS NOT IN THE PROPER FORMAT WILL NOT BE CONSIDERED FOR PUBLICATION.

We are targeting December 1st (this year!) as our Journal publication date.  It will be available in paperback and electronic (Kindle) format.  ISEC members who joined in 2009 or 2010 will receive a free copy as will all authors who have an article published in the Journal.  Price for the Hardcover and Electronic editions has not yet been set.

Please pass this request along to anyone else you know who might be interested.

Thank you!

Add comment September 30th, 2010

No….

The intrepid team from the University of Saskatchewan was a contestant at the recent Japan Space Elevator Games (JSETEC) - I wrote about the competition previously (here and here).

This is a video of one of their runs - as you see, it does not end well…

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These guys needed “TetherMan“!

1 comment September 16th, 2010

Dr. Bryan Laubscher to appear on the 9/12/2010 Space Show

Dr. Bryan Laubscher, Physicist, long-time Space Elevator enthusiast and the principle behind Odysseus Technologies, a start-up carbon nanotube spinning company, will appear on Dr. David Livingston’s The Space Show on Sunday, September 12th, from 12:00pm to 1:30pm (US Pacific Daylight time).  From the show intro:

Bryan E. Laubscher received his Ph.D. in physics in 1994 from the University of New Mexico with a concentration in astrophysics. In 2008 Bryan left Los Alamos National Laboratory to pursue new adventures in the Redmond, WA where he and his wife now live. In 2006 Bryan spent a year on Entrepreneurial Leave to Seattle. There he started a company to develop the strongest materials ever created. These materials are based upon carbon nanotubes – the strongest structures known in nature and the first material identified with sufficient strength-to-weight properties to build a space elevator. At LANL he is was a project leader and has worked in various capacities for 17 years. His past projects include LANL’s portion of the Sloan Digital Sky Survey , Magdalena Ridge Observatory and a project developing concepts and technologies for space situational awareness. Over the years Bryan has participated in research in astronomy, lidar, non-linear optics, space mission design, space-borne instrumentation design and construction, spacecraft design, novel electromagnetic detection concepts and technologies, detector/receiver system development, spectrometer development, interferometry and participated in many field experiments. Bryan led space elevator development at LANL until going on entrepreneurial leave in late 2005.

Listeners can talk to Dr. Bryan Laubscher or the host using toll free 1 (866) 687-7223, by sending e-mail during the program using dmlivings@yahoo.com, drspace@thespaceshow.com, thespaceshow@gmail.com, or chatting on AOL/ICQ/CompuServe Chat using the screen name “spaceshowchat.”

Full disclosure - I am investor in Bryan’s start-up, Odysseus Technologies.

Add comment September 10th, 2010


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