The second in an ongoing series of ISEC reports has been released; Space Elevator Concept of Operations. This report was written by ISEC Board Members Skip Penny and Peter Swan and co-authored by Cathy Swan. Other ISEC Board members made suggestions and critiques during the creation process and comments and suggestions were also made in a workshop at the 2012 Space Elevator Conference devoted to this report.
From the Introduction:
This report addresses initial commercial operations of a space elevator pair with robotic climbers. This report has been developed to help define a starting point for an initial space elevator infrastructure. It is assumed that there are two space elevators in place to ensure continuation of our escape from the gravity well. It also assumes that a sufficient number of climbers are available for delivering of spacecraft and other payloads to orbit, and, if required, return them to earth. In addition, this report is designed to be the initial operations concept from which many improvements will occur as future knowledge and experience drives infrastructure concept revisions. The description of a concept of operations, including a quick look at the transportation to space infrastructure, is broken into four sections:
Part I: Mission Description
Part II: System Characteristics
Part III: System of Systems Operations
Part IV: “A Day-in-the-Life”
Priced at only $7.00, this study is an important step in fulfilling an ongoing goal of ISEC: – taking away reasons why people can say “No” to the idea of a Space Elevator.
(Click on the thumbnail picture of the cover to see a full-size image).