This is a Press Release which was sent out this morning:
International Space Elevator Consortium Announces New Membership Drive
Program Aimed at Unifying Space Elevator Community Worldwide, Help Fund Research
Rancho Santa Margarita, Calif. (April 6, 2009) – The International Space Elevator Consortium (ISEC), a new group designed to globally promote outreach and foster research relating to the construction of an Elevator to Space, today announced details of its membership program.
Proceeds from membership will be used to further the development of an Elevator to Space, such as funding of research and engaging the public at large. According to ISEC, membership is designed to help provide funding for research necessary to build an Elevator to Space, connect people around the world interested in the project, keep them up to date on its progress and provide the public with ways they can help get involved in the program.
“We are looking to make ISEC the single premier authoritative source on the effort worldwide and a way to encourage people at all levels – teachers, students, hobbyists and enthusiasts as well as scientists and researchers – in participating in its development,” said Ted Semon, president of ISEC. “This makes us unique among all Space Elevator organizations.”
Several levels of membership are being offered, including standard, student and premium. Membership includes incentives, discounts and member-only activities at ISEC events such as the Space Elevator Conference and Space Elevator games. All members will receive a complimentary subscription to the ISEC E-Journal, the authoritative voice on Space Elevator activities worldwide.
“In addition, we’re providing unique incentives at each level of membership, with collector’s items at the premium levels,” said Semon. “These include an author-autographed collector’s edition of the “The New Explorers” CD, as well as presentation copies of the original papers about the Space Elevator signed by their authors, Jerome Pearson and Yuri Artsutanov, the “Fathers of the Space Elevator Program.”
Headquartered in the greater Los Angeles area, the center of the aerospace industry, the International Space Elevator Consortium (ISEC) is a non-profit organization devoted to the research and construction of an Elevator to Space. For more information please visit www.isec.info.
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So, why should you join ISEC? Why should you become a member and give us some of your hard-earned money, especially in these economic times? What’s in it for you? These are all good questions, but I’d like to answer them by asking you some questions; Do you think that humanity should expand beyond earth? Do you think that humanity should have a transportation system to space which is safe and reliable and scalable? Do you agree with Robert Heinlein when he wrote; “The earth is just too small and fragile a basket for the human race to keep all its eggs in.” Are you a supporter of the idea of Space-based Solar Power Satellites? If you answered ‘yes’ to any or all of these questions, you should support the concept of a Space Elevator! A Space Elevator is THE transportation system which can make our race a truly spacefaring one.
ISEC was formed to make a Space Elevator happen. The money you give us by joining ISEC will be used to fund research into technologies necessary to build a Space Elevator and to ‘spread the word’. For example, one of the first projects we want to tackle is research into how a carbon nanotube (CNT) tether will actually perform outside the earth’s atmosphere and protective magnetic field. Atomic oxygen, radiation, space debris and just normal wear-and-tear from Climber traffic will all be hazards the ribbon has to endure. We’d like to partner with a university or lab and set up earth-based experiments to get some preliminary answers. At some point, however, we’ll need to actually test a CNT tether in space and that may mean a CubeSat mission. All of this will take money and focus. We can provide the focus but we need YOU to provide the money. Without your support, efforts to build a Space Elevator will continue to be disjointed, unfocused and uncoordinated.
Those of us who have come together to create ISEC (and you can find out who we are by checking out the Team and Partner pages on our website) passionately believe that building a Space Elevator should be considered a high priority by everyone who has an interest in the future of our species. Please join us by becoming a member of ISEC and participating in what promises to be one of the defining projects of this century.