Monthly Archives: July 2011

“We welcome Science on this program along with Food & Shopping”

As I blogged about previously, David Horn and Maurice Franklin, two of the co-chairs of the upcoming Space Elevator Conference, appeared on KING TV on the New Day Northwest show.

David and Maurice did, IMHO, an excellent job in explaining the concept of a space elevator and talking about the upcoming Space Elevator conference and NASA/Spaceward Strong Tether Challenge.  They also explained local area (Seattle) tie-ins to the Conference and to the Space Elevator.

You can view the show online here – Great job guys!

And, it’s still not to late to register to attend the Conference – the registration link is here.  It promises to be the best conference ever.  Friday is dedicated to talking about carbon nanotubes with several invited experts attending and giving presentations.  Saturday and Sunday are devoted to talking about all aspects of the Space Elevator.  There’s a family track, a Lego competition, the NASA/Spaceward $2Million Strong Tether Challenge and much more.

Oh, and where did the title for this blog post come from?  Watch the interview and find out ?

Dr. Bryan Laubscher to appear on The Space Show

This coming Sunday, July 24th, from noon to 1:30pm Pacific time, Dr. Bryan Laubscher will appear on Dr. David Livingstone’s The Space Show.  Bryan will talk about the Space Elevator, the upcoming Space Elevator Conference, carbon nanotubes and other related subjects.

From the Space Show website:

The Sunday, July 24, 2011 program from 12-1:30 PM PDT welcomes back Dr. Bryan Laubscher for space elevator news, updates, and conference information.

Dr. Laubscher is a PhD in Physics with a concentration in Astrophysics. After a career as a project leader at Los Alamos National Laboratory that included research and development of astronomy projects, space missions, satellite instrumentation, optics, novel electrodynamic detection techniques, high power lasers, and classified projects Bryan became interested in the Space Elevator. Bryan’s current Space Elevator activities include being the General Chairman for the annual Space Elevator Conference held at the Microsoft Conference Center in Redmond, WA. Pursuing the R&D of the Space Elevator has led him to start Odysseus Technologies, LLC a small company based in Washington state with the goal of developing high strength carbon nanotube materials. In August 2010, Odysseus Technologies competed in the NASA Centennial Strong Tether Challenge. Although the tether was not strong enough to win prize money, it was strong enough to beat the other two teams. Odysseus Technologies, LLC is planning to compete in the 2011 challenge. Bryan now lives in Olympia, WA with his wife Carla.

Listeners can talk to Dr. Bryan Laubscher or the host using toll free 1 (866) 687-7223. Listeners can also send short email questions or comments during the discussing using by sending e-mail during the program using, or

Tune in and get the latest news and don’t hesitate to call in if you have a question or comment.

Space Elevator Conference Early Bird special ending soon

Tomorrow, Sunday, July 10th, is the last day for the “Early Bird” special rates for the Space Elevator Conference.  After that date, the prices will go up.

This is going to be a dynamite conference, as you can see from the Conference Program.  Experts from the University of Cincinnati and Rice University will be joining us on Friday to talk about strength possibilities (and limitations) of carbon nanotubes.  We have the NASA / Spaceward Strong Tether competition (with a $2 Million prize!) also coming up on Friday.  On Saturday and Sunday, we have presentations on the current state-of-the-art thinking about this most wonderful of concepts.

So, register early and save some bucks (and then you can use those dollars to purchase a membership in ISEC!)

See you there!

Space Elevator Conference preview on KING TV

(Note – this appearance has been moved to the following day, July 14th, still at 11:00am (US Pacific time)

Next Wednesday, July 13th Thursday, July 14th, at 11:00am (US Pacific time), Space Elevator Conference organizers David Horn and Maurice Franklin are scheduled to appear on the New Day Northwest show on KING TV (Channel 5) in the Seattle Area.

David and Maurice will be talking about the conference and all the activities scheduled for it.  Every year, this conference gets better and better and they will have a lot to talk about.

With the truly high-powered lineup we have assembled for this year’s conference, we are sure that we will exceed the publicity generated last year (here’s a link to a KING TV story from last year’s conference).

So, if you can access this channel, tune in and get a sneak preview as to what you will see when you attend the conference.

Remember, only three more days for the Early Bird special rate – visit the conference website for more details.

See you there!

Space Elevator Conference All-Star lineup!

In keeping with the International Space Elevator Consortium’s (ISEC) theme of “Longer, stronger tethers – 30MYuri or Bust!“, the Space Elevator Conference has assembled an all-star lineup for its Friday, August 12th program.  This day of the program is dedicated to stronger tethers and the Guest speakers that have been assembled are simply awesome.

From the University of Cincinnati, home of one of the foremost Carbon Nanotube (CNT) labs in the world, the Space Elevator Conference welcomes Dr. Vesselin Shanov.  From Dr. Shanov’s biography:

Dr.Vesselin Shanov is an Associate Professor of Chemical and Materials Engineering at the University of Cincinnati. He received his MS in Electronic Materials from the Technological University of Sofia, Bulgaria in 1970. In 1980, he completed his PhD in Solid State Chemistry at the University of Regensburg, Germany and at the Technological University of Sofia, Bulgaria.

Dr. Shanov has received several prestigious awards, including the Fulbright Award for Research and Teaching in USA, German Academic Foundation (DAAD) Grants, and the Bulgarian Patent Office Award for Distinguished Patent. He is a member of the Materials Research Society and former President of the Bulgarian Fulbright Alumni Association. Dr. Shanov`s recent breakthrough achievement, accomplished with the help of Dr. Schulz of University of Cincinnati, in growing the longest carbon nanotube arrays has attracted the attention of the scientific community.  NSF Special Press Release on this topic.

Dr. Shanov has published 145 papers, 14 patents, 3 books, and has been part of 40 funded proposals including many with NSF, the US NAVY, the US Air Force, and industries. He was selected a “Distinguished Professor” at the Department of CME for the 2006/2007 academic year.

Dr. Shanov co-directs the UC Nanoworld with Dr. Mark Schulz.Nanoworld is a large interdisciplinary teaching and research laboratory located in the College of Engineering.  It has unique facilities enabling synthesis, processing, and device fabrication based on nanostructured materials. Nanoworld carries an important mission helping to recruit, excite, and retain the undergraduate students at the UC College of Engineering.

Also from the University of Cincinnati and presenting at the conference is Mr. Mark Haase, a PhD student at the University.

And the Space Elevator Conference is very pleased to announce that Dr. Boris Yakobson from Rice University will also be attending the conference and presenting a paper on CNT strength.  From Dr. Yakobson’s biography:

Dr. Yakobson received his PhD from the Russian Academy of Sciences in 1982.  He is currently the Karl F. Hasselmann Chair in Engineering, a Professor of Materials Science and Mechanical Engineering and a Professor of Chemistry at Rice University.

Professor Yakobson’s research interests are in theory and modeling of structure, kinetics, and properties of materials, derived from both macroscopic and fundamental molecular interactions. Computational methods and simulation are used to visualize and enhance the understanding of underlying physics and to identify the efficient degrees of freedom in complex systems, especially in connecting different length scales of description. He is an editorial board member of the Journal of Nanoparticle Research and a member of the American Physical Society and the Electrochemical Society.

Also presenting from Rice University is Dr.  Vasilii Artyukhov.

Additional speakers are scheduled for that day including Mr. Karen Ghazaryan, one of last year’s Honorable Mentions for the Artsutanov prize and Dr. Bryan Laubscher.  And, also on Friday is the NASA/Spaceward Strong Tether Challenge – with a prize purse of $2Million!

More details about the Space Elevator Conference can be found on the Conference website, including details for the presentations on Saturday and Sunday (August 13th and 14th).  And, until July 10th, you can reserve a place at the conference at the “Early Bird” special rate, a substantial discount off of the full rate.  But you have to hurry – the 10th is the absolute deadline for this.  After the 10th, you will need to pay the full conference fee.

This is high-powered stuff folks!  To my knowledge, this first day of the Space Elevator Conference is the first time, anywhere in the world, that a portion of a conference has been dedicated solely and only to the strength properties of carbon nanotubes (CNTs).  Without a strong enough material, the entire idea of a Space Elevator is just an intellectual exercise, so we hope this will be the first in a succession of such gatherings.

I would be remiss in not mentioning that the speakers from the University of Cincinnati and Rice University are attending the conference through the courtesy of the International Space Elevator Consortium (ISEC).  This is just another way in which we are working to make this dream a reality and shows you what your membership dollars go for.

Only 36 days to go – I hope to see you all at the Conference!