At the previous two ISEC Space Elevator conferences, several workshops were held as part of the daily proceedings. These workshops, each devoted to a specific topic, were focus on advancing our understanding of the space elevator. Dr. Peter Swan, the president of ISEC, has been instrumental in organizing these workshops and finding a leader for each of them. Conference attendees participated in each of the workshops and the end result of each of them was a written summary of the discussion and an action plan to move forward.
The Summaries from most of these workshops were posted on the ISEC website (I had previously blogged about that here).
A new workshop summary has now been posted on the ISEC website – this from the 2014 Conference. This workshop was held as part of the activities of the ISEC Research Committee. The purpose of this committee, chaired by Dr. John Knapman, is to categorize and prioritize the issues which must be addressed as part of the effort in defining the parameters of a space elevator.
The goals of the workshop were specified as:
- Gain an awareness of the ISEC Research Committee’s goals and process
- Review the list of topics that the Committee has produced
- Identify potential contributors with relevant skills and interests
- Where possible, add some level of detail, particularly on those topics where little work has so far been done
- Where possible, propose who could carry out the work and where
You can find the summary of the Research workshop here.
All of the Summaries posted so far can be found on the ISEC website. From the Home page, point to the Activities tab and you will then be able to see the Summaries from the 2013 and the 2014 ISEC Space Elevator conferences.