2009 Space Elevator Conference (2009SEC)

Venue: Microsoft Conference Center

Location: Redmond, Washington, United States

Event Date/Time: Aug 13, 2009 End Date/Time: Aug 16, 2009
Registration Date: Aug 14, 2009
Early Registration Date: Jul 15, 2009
Abstract Submission Date: Jun 30, 2009
Paper Submission Date: Jul 31, 2009
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The Space Elevator is a radical new way to access space less expensively than possible with chemical rocket technology. The technology offers solutions to many of the problems facing communities today, including but not limited to the need for clean, renewable energy.

The Space Elevator uses a carbon nanotube ribbon that stretches from the surface of the earth to a counterweight in space. Climbers ascend the ribbon, lifting cargo and passengers to earth orbits and launching space ships to distant planets.

The 2009 Space Elevator Conference focuses on all aspects of Space Elevator development, engaging 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. Other topics include the space missions and the style of life on Earth that Space Elevator technology will enable.

Conference to Include

•Public Presentations
â—¦Space Elevator (SE) Overview Presentation - a free presentation on the conceptual design Wednesday night before the conference. 7-8:30pm at the Microsoft Conference Center.
â—¦Family Day - A separate track on Saturday, August 15th specifically for families, groups of friends, and anyone new to the space elevator concept to get a more in-depth look at the SE concepts and enabling technologies. This will have more details than the free presentation Thursday night, but will not be deeply technical as the main conference sessions. The Pacific Science Center and Science Fiction Museum and Hall of Fame will also have exhibits and fun activities. The registration fee is only $40 for attending one of the two sessions (morning or afternoon). You can have up to four family and friends on one registration!
•Technical Conference Sessions
â—¦SE Impact on the Future - transformations enabled by the SE, including exploration, using space resources to solve problems here on Earth, solar power platforms, extra-terran bases, and colonization
â—¦Tether Strength Competition - this year's conference will host the Elevator:2010 Challenge Tether Strength Competition
◦Carbon Nanotube Research – presentations on the progress of high strength carbon nanotube (CNT) research
â—¦Roadmap Workshops - focusing on the four pillars of development, get engaged!
â—¦Shotgun Science Session - science ideas not ready for prime time: rapid sequence, 5 min

The conference is sponsored by Microsoft Corporation.


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