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Space Elevators 2015 Design Considerations of a Space Elevator Earth Port, 2015 [PDF 81 pages]. The International Space Elevator Consortium conducted a year-long study on the development of a space elevator Earth Port. This report addresses the functional requirements and missions leading to a mature engineering complex along the equator. May also be purchased.

Space Elevators 2014 Space Elevator Architectures and Roadmaps, 2014 [PDF 95 pages]. The International Space Elevator Consortium has conducted a year-long study addressing the issues associated with how to start the development of space elevators. Five segment roadmaps are developed: Tether Climber, Tether, Marine Node, Apex Anchor and Headquarters Primary Operations Center. May also be purchased.

Space Elevators Space Elevators: An Assessment of the Technological Feasibility and the Way Forward, 2013 [PDF 349 pages]. This study was conducted under the auspices of the International Academy of Astronautics (IAA). There were 41 authors and 5 editors. The report answers some basic questions about the feasibility of a space elevator infrastructure: Why a space elevator? Can it be done? How would all the elements fit together to create a system of systems? What are the technical feasibility of each major space elevator element? May also be purchased.

Space Elevators 2013 Design Considerations for Space Elevator Tether Climbers, 2013 [PDF 96 pages]. The International Space Elevator Consortium has conducted a year-long study addressing the issues associated with how to develop tether climbers. The study is organized as follows: Chapter 1: Introduction; Chapter 2: Tether Climber Operational Phases; Chapter 3: Sub-System Description; Chapter 4: Power Sources; Chapter 5: Conclusions and Recommendations. May also be purchased.

Space Elevators 2012 Space Elevator Concept of Operations, 2012 [PDF 49 pages]. The International Space Elevator Consortium presents the current thinking on how a fully developed commercial space elevator will operate. The authors conclude that operations for a space elevator have no showstoppers, have reasonable costs, and mMeet the challenges. May also be purchased.

Space Elevators 2010 Space Elevator Survivability, Space Debris Mitigation, 2012 [PDF 73 pages]. The International Space Elevator Consortium examines the question: Will space debris be a “show stopper” for the development of space elevator infrastructure? The answer is a resounding NO! May also be purchased.

The Space Elevator The Space Elevator NIAC Phase 2 Final Report, 2003 [PDF 3 MB].

The Space Elevator The Space Elevator by Bradley C. Edwards (NASA Institute for Advanced Concepts Study Phase 1 Final Report), 2000 [PDF 15 MB].

Space Elevators Space Elevators - An Advanced Earth-Space Infrastructure for the New Millennium, 2000 [PDF 60 MB]. Compiled by D.V. Smitherman, Jr., Marshall Space Flight Center, Huntsville, Alabama. NASA Conference Publication CP-2000–210429. This publication is based on the findings from the Advanced Space Infrastructure Workshop on Geostationary Orbiting Tether “Space Elevator” Concepts, NASA Marshall Space Flight Center, June 8–10, 1999.

  1982 paper by Paul Birch on Orbital Rings, a possible precursor to a space elevator. Posted with permission from the Journal of the British Interplanetary Society. [PDF 3 MB]

 


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