Registration now open for 2010 Space Elevator Conference

Registration is now officially ‘open’ for the 2010 Space Elevator Conference.  Following is a copy of the Press Announcement:

The Space Engineering and Science Institute Presents
2010 Space Elevator Conference
Redmond, Washington, USA
August 13 – 15, 2010
Sponsored by Microsoft Corporation

The 2010 Space Elevator Conference is a three-day conference to be held in Redmond, Washington at the Microsoft Conference Center on August 13-15, 2010.  The conference, focusing on all aspects of Space Elevator development, will engage an international audience of scientists, engineers, educators, managers, entrepreneurs, enthusiasts and students.

This conference will feature topical discussions in all of the Four Pillars of Space Elevator Development: Science/Technical, Political/Social, Legal, and Economic. In addition, we anticipate technical and speculative presentations on the topics mentioned below.  The evening of August 12th, a public presentation on the Space Elevator will be held at the Microsoft Conference Center.

We invite you to present a paper on a topic of your interest (details below). Check out the conference web site frequently for updates to the conference program and events as they are finalized over the coming weeks.  More details will be sent out as the conference approaches.

Registration is Now Open
Register Today to get the “Early Bird” registration discounts!

Conference to Include:

  • A Free Public Space Elevator Presentation 7:00pm, August 12, 2010, Microsoft Conference Center
  • Space Elevator Overview Presentation – the popular conceptual design
  • NASA Centennial ChallengesStrong Tether Competition – A NASA challenge in materials engineering in which the tether provided by each team is subjected to a pull test to win a $2 million prize
  • Carbon Nanotube Research – presentation on the progress of high strength CNT research
  • Impact on the Future – transformations enabled by the Space Elevator, including exploration, using space resources to solve problems here on Earth, solar power platforms, extra-Terran bases, and colonization
  • Road map Workshops – focusing on the four pillars of development
  • Presentations of the Pearson and Artsutanov Space Elevator Prizes for the ISEC space elevator research paper competition
  • Shotgun Science Session – science ideas not ready for prime time: rapid sequence, 5 min


 Abstract and Presentation Guidance

Abstracts must be in English, one page or less, and summarize a presentation suitable for the conference. We plan on collecting presentations in PowerPoint or PDF format, and offer them for purchase on CD after the conference. In addition, we encourage, but do not require, authors to submit papers that will also be included on the CD. The nominal length of the required final paper should be about 6-10 pages. Abstracts will be evaluated as they are received and authors will be notified of acceptance within five business days. The preferred procedure and format for abstract submittals for this conference is given on the Call for Papers page on our web site:

For all submissions, please include the title, authors and affiliations, mail address, e-mail, and phone number of the corresponding author, and up to 10 key words.  Abstracts are due by May 28, 2010.  Final acceptance notices will by sent by June 4, 2010. Final drafts of the presentations and any accompanying papers, in specified formats, will be due two weeks before the conference, July 30, 2010.

Send your 2010 Space Elevator Conference abstract and paper submission inquiries to:
Technical Chairman:  Hugh Kelso (hkelso [at]
Microsoft Chairman:  David Horn (david.horn [at]


This conference is going to be the best one yet – make your plans now!

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