February 16th, 2011
I am very happy to announce that the International Space Elevator Consortium (ISEC) has released its first ISEC Report (formerly known as ISEC Red Team Studies). In our first strategic plan (2010), we set out a goal of releasing a report every year addressing the ISEC Theme for the year. In 2010, our theme was “Space Elevator Survivability - Space Debris Mitigation” and this is the title of our first ISEC Report.
The report was co-authored by Peter Swan (a Director and Vice-President at ISEC), Peter’s wife Cathy Swan and Robert “Skip” Penny. The front cover design was done by ISEC’s own Graphic Artist Frank Chase and modeled after the 2010 ISEC Poster. I just received a copy of it and I am very impressed with the quality of both the writing and the presentation of the book. It’s in 6×9 soft-cover format,
From the summary:
The International Space Elevator Consortium has placed this position paper as a recognition that the space debris problem is an engineering one and can be mitigated. The question: “Will space debris be a show stopper for space elevators?” is answered emphatically. NO! The mitigation concepts presented change the issue from a perceived problem to an engineering concern; but, by no means is it a significant threat. This pamphlet illustrates how the development office for a future space elevator can attack this problem, predict probabilities of collision, and convert the concern into another manageable engineering problem.
You can purchase this book at Lulu.com for $14.50.
Thank you Peter, Cathy and Skip!