More on the Japan Space Elevator Association

Today I heard back from Mr. Shiuchi Ohno, one of the founders of the newly formed Japan Space Elevator Association (JSEA).  I had emailed them a few questions – here are his responses;

Q) How long has JSEA been in existence?
A) JSEA is an association just born in this month. We will have first meeting this weekend in Tokyo.  Last year, my friend and I went to Seattle to meet Mr.Michael and Mr. Tomas of Liftport company. We proposed them to start Japanese branch. But they couldn’t decide until now. Then we decided to start actual activity in Japan for the real SE.

Q) What kind of organization is it?  Academic only? General Interest?  Governmental?
A) At first, our activity will stay within general interest. But we are very conscious of academic study and commercial based research and development. We want to make effort to speed them up.

Q) What is the organizations charter?  Are they an information-only group or are they going to actively try and help build a Space Elevator.
A) We have not actual strategy for charter yet. (That’s the theme for this weekend meeting.) One idea for this is to be continuing private organization and found some companies that obey associate’s principles. Those companies will concentrate to build a SE.

So, there you have it.  Mr. Ohno has told me he will email me periodically with updates from the JSEA and I will certainly pass them along as I receive them.

I’ve added a link to their website on the Blogroll section of my sidebar.  Though it is almost all in Japanese, plugging the Japanese text into Babelfish gives a good enough translation to figure out what they are talking about (thanks, Brian, for the tip on Babelfish).

5 thoughts on “More on the Japan Space Elevator Association

  1. Akira Tsuchida

    Actually when I went to Space Exploration Conference in NM in March, Tom Nugent talked to me about Mr. Ohno.
    Then Mr. Ohno and I met in Japan and we got an agreement that he helps my team (E-T-C) and I help to start Japan Space Elevator Association.

    As a Japanese enginner, I would like to help Space Elevator development more from Japan. I think Space elevator project should have more enginnering type people and Japanese enginner is very good for making mass-transportation type project more than single shot rocket…

    I am focusing foro Beam Climber competition now but I have some connection to political area and I will present about SE in Sep. this year in Nagoya, Japan.
    Brad Edwards is now helping me to preoartion of presentation in Japan.

    Still we have many things to do in Japan to get SE supporter. But Mr. Ohno and I will try to expand interest about SE in Japan.

  2. Ted Semon Post author

    Mr. Tsuchida, thank you very much for taking the time to post your comment on this blog. It’s very good to hear about what is going on in Japan and I’m glad that you have Dr. Edwards involved. Please keep us posted on what is happening. Maybe some day we’ll see a SE conference in Japan or maybe even your own version of the SE games (like the Europeans are now doing).

  3. Michael Laine

    Tom Nugent and I worked with Siuchi last year, but there was not much we could do to help – at the time. not, it is time to push this toward asia. there is a limited level of support in europe, but practically none in asia, latin america and none that i know of in africa.

    When we started the company, one of the first things we did, was to create the ‘international public inclusion policy’ – knowing that it would take a global effort if this thing was going to work.

    so, in the next 6-18months, i can see us pushing hard to get some penetration in asia and europe.

    take care. mjl

  4. Jay

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