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A just-released study underscores the promising outcome from establishing a “Galactic Harbour” anchored in developing space elevator technology.

The International Space Elevator Consortium (ISEC) has issued “Space Elevators are the Transportation Story of the 21st Century – A Primer for Progress in Space Elevator Development.”

Credit: ISEC

New paradigm

The study suggests that a new paradigm has emerged, reinforced by some key viewpoints:

— Space elevators can be accomplished because we now have a material

— Space elevators enable interplanetary missions

— Fast transit to Mars (as short as 61 days)

— Space elevators can move massive amounts of cargo (180,000 MTs/year to GEO-beyond)

— Space Elevators are Earth friendly; no rocket exhaust to contribute to global warming and no additional space debris

Credit: Obayashi Corporation of Tokyo, Japan

Appropriate architecture

“Two of our messages are pretty straightforward,” explains Peter Swan, President of ISEC. “The Space Elevator will change the way we do interplanetary (and GEO for missions such as Space Solar Power). The future needs an appropriate architecture for space access, containing two major components – Space Elevator permanent transportation infrastructure and rocket portals.”

Some conclusions  from the ISEC appraisal are stimulating.

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For one, the Space Elevator is closer than you think, reports the ISEC. Galactic Harbours will enable robust missions to Moon and Mars. Also, only Space Elevators can deliver the requirements of logistics equipment and supplies to the Moon and Mars. Indeed, Colonization on Mars cannot happen without the logistics support of Space Elevators, the group explains.

For more information on the International Space Elevator Consortium (ISEC) and its reports, go to:

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