Library Sections
Spaceward Publications
Space Elevator References
Technical References
Space Elevator Organizations
Space Elevator SciFi

Spaceward Publications
 The Space Elevator Feasibility Condition
Ben Shelef, The Spaceward Foundation, 2008
... The Space Elevator design relies on future technologies ... So what will happen if these technologies underperform? Will the Space Elevator be "less good", or will it become impossible to build?
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 Space Elevator Power System Analysis and Optimization
Ben Shelef, The Spaceward Foundation, 2008
... Bigger power systems help the climbers move faster ... But they also take up precious cargo mass ... Finding out the optimum size tells us just how much cargo per day it is possible to launch with the Space Elevator.
[PDF] [Excel Worksheet]
 Asteroid Slingshot Express
Ben Shelef, The Spaceward Foundation, 2008
... Asteroids are the ideal celestial bodies for Space Elevators ... They rotate fast, and have no gravity ... A Space Elevator can be constructed on an asteroid using kite string! ... but to what end?
[PDF]
 Space Elevator Calculation Scrapbook
Ben Shelef, The Spaceward Foundation, 2008
... Tether taper profile and mass ... specific strength and velocitysquared ... things that didn't fit anywhere else.
[HTML] [PDF] (Coming Soon) [Ribbon Mass Worksheet]

SE Reference Material
 To the Cosmos by Electric Train
Yuri Artsutanov, Pravda, 1960
The article that started it all. Yuri Artsutanov, barely two years after the first rocket is launched to space, lays down the facts: Space travel by rocket is bound to be very limited, and here's how we can fix it.
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 Satellite Elongation into a true SkyHook
Isaacs, J., Vine, A. C., Bradner, H. and Bachus, G. E., Science 151, 682683, 1966.
An independent study of the Space Elevator concept.
 The Orbital Tower: A Spacecraft Launcher Using the Earth's Rotational Energy
Jerome Pearson, USAF, Acta Astronautica 2, 785799, 1975
Another independent study of the concept, laying the mathematical foundation for the structure of the Space Elevator.
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 The Space Elevator  a Thought Experiment or the Key to the Universe?
Sir Arthur C. Clarke, Advances in Earth Oriented Applied Space Technologies. Vol. 1. pp. 39 to 48 Pergamon Press Ltd. 1981
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 NIAC Phase 2 Report
Edwards, B. C., 2001
This study marks the beginning of the resurgent interest in the "modern" Space Elevator.
[PDF]
 Wikipedia overview article.
 How stuff works also has a nice video to go with.

Other Technical References
 T. Belytschko et al, "Atomistic Simulations of Nanotube Fracture", PHYSICAL REVIEW B [2002]
Paper showing computer modeling of SingleWalled Carbon Nanotubes, showing failure mechanisms that limit CNT strength, such as the StoneWales defect, and predicting a specific strength of about 42 MYuri.
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 Ruoff et al., "Mechanical properties of carbon nanotubes: theoretical predictions and experimental measurements", C. R. Physique 4 [2003]
Follow up paper summarizing experimental results and advanced modeled predictions for CNT strength, largely in agreement with the previous paper.
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 Mason, L. S., "A Solar Dynamic Power Option for Space Solar Power", Technical Memorandum NASA/TMâ€”1999209380 SAE 99â€“01â€“2601, 1999
A paper discussing space power systems in general, but that touches on lowtemperature spaceworthy heat radiators.
[PDF]

SE Organizations
 ISEC
The newly formed International Space Elevator Consortium will coordinate the activities of all SE organizations and be the goto group for any Space Elevator activity.
 The Space Elevator Blog
The lifeline of the Space Elevator community. If you didn't hear about it on the Space Elevator Blog, it is not true!
Blogged by Ted Semon
 JSEA
Headed by Shuichi Ohno and Akira Tsuchida, the Japanese Space Elevator Consortium was formed in 2007, after OhnoSan and TsuchidaSan participated in the 2007 Space Elevator games as team ETC.

SE Science Fiction Works
 Jack and the Beanstalk  an 1800's tale of horror! "'Fa, fe, fi, fo, fum,
I smell the blood of an Englishman"...
 The Fountains of Paradise, by Sir Arthur C. Clarke [Amazon]
 The Web Between the Worlds, by Charles Sheffield and Arthur C. Clarke [Amazon]
 Red Mars, Green Mars, Blue Mars, by Kim Stanley Robinson, a chromology of mars colonization.
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 Star Trek Episode
 The Moment of Silence, a video game
